NEWPORT, R.I. – A 2006 Arundel High School graduate and Annapolis, Maryland, native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer, charged with leading the bridge watch team and ensuring safety of navigation on one of the Navy’s modern warships.

Ensign Ryan Crim completed the Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) course at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Aug. 3.

“The JOOD course gave us the ability to get valuable time in the simulator which will make us much more comfortable on the bridge,” said Crim.

Graduation from this course will be a new requirement starting in 2019 for SWOs before they report to their initial assignments in the fleet.

“Here at SWOS, we are excited about the new JOOD course as it gives us the opportunity to immerse young officers in ship handling simulators before they set foot on the ship,” said SWOS Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Robertson. “It is an intense four weeks, but the end result is more proficient and confident ship handlers reporting to their first ship. The small student-to-instructor ratio also provides the ability to maximize the reps and sets in our simulators and we can increase the complexity of the scenarios as the students’ ship handling skills develop.”

Crim obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Salisbury University in 2011 and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School.

“I joined the Navy to travel the world and serve my country,” said Crim.

Crim will soon report to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout homeported at Norfolk, Virginia and will serve as the ship’s auxiliaries officer.

Crim is the son of Bruce and Joanne Cram, who reside in Odenton, Maryland.

Making up a significant portion of all officers in the Navy, SWOs are found all over the world, aboard every surface combatant in the United States Navy. From navigation and ship handling, to maritime warfare and naval engineering, whether at war or during peace, they regularly deploy across the globe to protect the nation’s interests, promote freedom of trade, and perform humanitarian assistance.

SWOS readies seabound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers, enlisted engineers and enlisted navigation professionals in order to fulfill the Navy’s mission to maintain global maritime superiority.

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