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"You have the bridge" means essentially the same as "You have the conn." In a nutshell it means that the watch officer (often the captain) is leaving the bridge and someone else is taking over the watch until they return. The captain still is in command of the ship and is responsible for major decisions, but whoever "has the bridge" or "the conn" is responsible for making sure the captain's current orders are carried out and making any minor decisions that don't need to immediately involve the captain or any snap decisions that need to be made before the captain can arrive in an emergency.-Cpthunt (talk) 22:29, February 5, 2015 (UTC)
The conn, likewise is the station one uses to directly control the ship's maneuvers. The "conning tower" on a submarine, for example, is so named because when a sub is on the surface, it can be commanded and steered from a secondary helm (or "conn") on the top of the conning tower. Both the watch officer (such as the captain) or the helmsman can be said to "have the conn" at any given time. The helmsman has the conn because he is physically manning the station and steering the ship. A watch officer may have the conn because while he doesn't man the station, he directs the helmsman, at the conn, where the ship is to be steered. It is often mistakenly misunderstood to represent the bridge itself, because the same watch officer that is said to "have the conn" is also said to "have the bridge" as he is in charge of the entire bridge watch.- original comment:Cpthunt (talk) 07:38, August 14, 2012 (UTC) edited by:Cpthunt (talk) 22:53, February 5, 2015 (UTC)