NAV2304 Military Navigation 2

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Militær navigasjon 2
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2023 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2023 Spring
Person in charge: 
Henning Henry Sulen
Course content

The purpose of the course is to cover the Navy's requirements in navigation, and satisfy the requirements of STCW 1978 with amendments within navigation in the function navigation at the management level. The course deals with the overseas part of the navigation subject.

Rights to certification

STCW code tables: A-III/1 and A-III/2

STCW functions: Navigation at the operational level and Navigation at the management level (F1)

The course plan meets the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, STCW 1978 with amendments

The course plan is based on the IMO model course 7.03 - Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch:

  • Chapter 1.1 Plan and conduct an overseas voyage and determine position
  • Chapter Time, time zones and equation of time  
  • Chapter Datums
  • Chapter Distances
  • Chapter Sailing
  • Chapter Chartwork exercises
  • Chapter Information from charts, lists of lights and other publications
  • Chapter Tides
  • Chapter Keeping a log

The course plan is based on the IMO model course 7.01 - Navigation at the Management Level:

  • Chapter 1.1.1 Voyage planning and navigation for all conditions
  • Chapter 1.1.2 Routeing in accordance with the general provisions on ship’s routeing
  • Chapter 1.1.3 Reporting in accordance with the general principles and criteria for ship reporting systems
  • Chapter 1.2.1 Position determination in all conditions 

Academic content:

  • Relative course & speed SNP 0110 Relative course and speed
    • NavSim demo of the course topics and how to utilise ARPA vectors
    • Manoeuvring triangle
    • NavSim demo of vectors WA, WB, BA
    • Determined passing distance, CPA and TCPA
    • Determine intercept courses
    • Come as close as possible to a faster vessel
    • Get as far away as possible from a faster vessel
    • Change of station in a force
    • Leave a force and plot a return
    • Running a torpedo barrage
    • The approach to an attack position
  • Mathematics in navigation. Unit circle. Lecture. Must be coordinated with maths and science teachers to determine if any of this can be done at other times
    • VPB and other vessels' courses
    • Passing distance
    • Bearing rate
    • Distance rate
    • Turn rate
    • NavSim demo
  • Navigation in low pressure systems The Norwegian Pilot, Volume 1, Chapter VII
  • Norwegian and UK tides. Ditlefsen, Chapter I. Admiralty: Volume 1. The Norwegian Pilot, Volume 1, Chapter IX 
    • Norwegian tides - independent study (gone through in Nav 1) ADL
    • UK tidal streams in charts
    • UK tidal range
  • Time and time calculation. Dietlefsen: chapters M and N
    • Independent study
  • Mean latitude navigation. Dietlefsen: chapter D. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
    • Classroom, NavSim demo, independent-study package
  • Rhumb line navigation. Dietlefsen: chapter D. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
    • Classroom, NavSim demo, independent-study package
  • Spherical triangles. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
    • based on proofs in the military technology prerequisite
  • Direct great-circle navigation. Dietlefsen: chapter E. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
    • Prove the great-circle formulas from the cosine rate on a non-right-angled spherical triangle
    • Napier's rules in navigation - Vertex
    • Classroom – Demo in ECDIS
  • Great-circle navigation via an intermediate point. Dietlefsen: chapter E. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
  • Interrupted great-circle navigation – Vertex. Dietlefsen: chapter E. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
  • Position calculations. Dietlefsen: chapter E. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas
  • Logbooks. SNP 176. Electronic logbook in the Navy
  • Passage planning for a naval force. Dietlefsen: chapters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I. Admiralty: Volume 1. Øi: Trigonometry and navigation formulas. The Norwegian Pilot, volume 1.
  • Chart types. Dietlefsen: chapter B. The Norwegian Pilot: volume 1, chapter VIII
  • Ship’s routeing. The Norwegian Pilot: volume 1, chapter II
  • Vessel reporting system. The Norwegian Pilot: volume 1, chapter II
    • Independent study
  • Terrestrial navigation. Ditlefsen: Chapter H. The Norwegian Pilot: volume 1, chapter II.
Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • knowledge on key topics, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods regarding passage planning and overseas voyages
  • knowledge of research and development work in passage planning, ship routeing and navigation in all conditions
  • the ability to update his/her knowledge in passage planning and sailing overseas
  • knowledge of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of passage planning and overseas voyages
  • knowledge of vessel reporting systems
  • knowledge of relative movements between vessels and the scientific basis for the methods and techniques the Navy uses in optical and radar navigation


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • apply technical knowledge and relevant results from research and development work on practical and theoretical issues and make informed choices
  • reflect on one’s own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem.
  • use relevant professional tools and forms of expression in tidal calculations and calculations for overseas voyages such as great-circle, rhumb line and mean latitude navigation

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • gain insight into relevant professional and work ethic issues
  • plan and carry out varied work tasks in passage planning that extend over time, alone and as part of a group, and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • share central academic material such as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally
  • exchange views and experiences with others regarding overseas voyages and through this contribute to the development of good practice
Working and learning activities


The teaching plan shows the course’s progression in the form of a weekly overview and course topics week by week. The course uses It’s Learning. There are tasks for each course topic. The course is coordinated with MPN 4, Navigation Systems 1, the ARPA course, the Ryfylke exercise and Watchkeeping and Vessel Control. The course topics relative course and speed and mathematics in navigation should come early in semester 4. The course topic course and speed is taken from the ARPA course.

Working methods

  • Classroom instruction: Theory review, review of assignments, cadets complete selected tasks, exercises
  • Internet: It’s Learning
  • Student lectures: The cadets give a short lecture on a course topic in the subject area
  • Tutorial classes: Cadets turn in assignments and receive guidance
  • Independent study: Working with theory, doing exercises and turning in assignments
  • Tasks
Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

Additional information

Læreren(e) skal ha operativ bakgrunn med tjenesteerfaring som selvstendig vaktsjef under gange eller skipssjef på Sjøforsvarets fartøy. Eller spesialkompetanse fra Sjøforsvaret innen det aktuelle delemnet.

Det skal være en så tydelig undervisningsprofil mot elevenes kommende tjeneste på Sjøforsvarets undervannsbåter, korvetter, fregatter minefartøy og stridsbåter som mulig. Teorien og eksemplene skal hentes fra Sjøforsvarets fartøy så langt det lar seg gjøre.

Emnet Militær navigasjon 2 er et teoretisk og praktisk støttefag til emnet Militær praktisk navigasjon (MPN), og må gjennomføres og justeres etter MPN sitt behov.

    • Ditlefsen                   : Navigasjon (14 utgave)
    • Norvald Kjerstad      : Navigasjon for maritime studier
    • Øi                               : Astronomiske-og andre navigasjonstabeller
    • Admiralty                   : Admiralty Tide Tables
    • O.Olsen                     : Teknisk formelsamling m/tabeller
    • Statens Kartverk Sjøkartverket: Den norske los bind 1
    • Faglærer                   : Navigasjonsoppgaver (utleveres av faglærer)
    • Faglærer                   : Diverse kompendium
    • Internett                     : Itslearning
    Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
    Skriftlig eksamenIndividual5HoursA-F100%Not required Calculator Astronomical - and other navigation tables Admiralty Tide Tables
    Form of assessment:Skriftlig eksamen
    Type of duration:Hours
    Grading scale:A-F
    Oral examination:Not required
    Supported materials:Calculator Astronomical - and other navigation tables Admiralty Tide Tables
    Henning Henry Sulen
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    Henning Sulen