The Pilot House on the destroyer is a very important location. It contained much of the primary equipment to both navigate, steer, and communicate commands with the rest of the vessel. In the Pilot house was the ship's wheel or "helm", an engine order telegraph (EOT), gyrocompass, magnetic compass (for electrical casualties), radar scope, quartermaster's chart table, alarm system initiators, public address and captain's circuit communication systems (1MC and 21 MC respectively), secure phones for the transmittal of classified information, the ship's steam whistle lever, UQC-1 underwater sound telephone, and the Captain's ASROC launch control interface.
A qualified Officer of the Deck (OOD) would provide commands to personnel in the Pilot House to safely operate the vessel at sea. In case of an emergency or hostile action, the Captain of the vessel would take control. A sailor named a helmsman steered the destroyer via the helm and used the gyro compass, rudder angle indicator, and other instruments to stay on course. The lee helmsman sent speed and shaft revolution per minute (RPM) requests to the enginerooms via the EOT and shaft revolution telegraph. Watch standers called lookouts provide information from their open positions on the Port and Starboard Bridge wings via sound powered telephone, voice tube, or even through an open Pilot House door. A Quartermaster and Bosun's Mate of the Watch (BMOW) were also supporting operations and providing course selection and position information in the Pilot House.