That's seems to be the consensus from those who've spent time with the Europeans...USNA guys who had NATO exchange instructors on the YPs say they were far better shiphandlers. Having said that, it might be worth looking at WHY they're better shiphandlers. One reason might be that they break down by specialties. Early on, the SWO/sub guys figure out if they're going to be Engineers, Combat Systems types, or Tactical/Shiphandling types. Only the last bunch are on a CO pipeline. Whereas in our Navy, there was a point when we took non Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) qualified LTs and made them Chief Engineers (CHENG) on CRUDES ships.