Departmental Responsibilities

Departmental Responsibilities

Command Department

Commanding Officer/Captain

The Commanding Officer has the ultimate responsibility for the safety and well being of his ship and crew and to ensure that the ship's current mission is being satisfactorily executed. The CO's immediate staff are the First Officer and the chiefs of the other departments (the Department Heads), but is, in reality, the entire ship's complement. The CO has no set duty shift and is always considered to be on call. On larger starships the CO usually has his own office, and this office is sometimes very close to the bridge, offering quick and easy access in emergency situations. The CO is also responsible for meting
out punishment for crewmembers found guilty of breaking major regulations. The Commanding Officer is also traditionally the member of the crew who performs such duties as marrying crewmembers under his command and serving as the host at all official functions held aboard his ship.

Executive Officer

Sometimes called the First Officer the Executive Officer's main responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of the ship and her crew. In this regard, he is usually authorized (unless specifically limited by the CO in any respect) to make decisions without the CO's prior approval. He is considered, for all practical purposes, a "captain in training," and, in the absence of the CO, is the ship's commanding officer. He must be a jack-of-all-trades, able to answer almost any question or offer a solution to any problem. All department heads report directly to the Executive Officer. The XO is usually the leader of most
away teams (especially potentially hazardous missions) and may choose members of those teams as long as his choices are not detrimental to the mission or the safety of the ship. For all practical purposes, the XO's staff is also comprised of the bridge crew and is also always on call. On larger starships, the XO usually has his own office. On smaller ships, he may be required to share his office with the CO or the Second Officer, or use a conference/meeting room for this purpose. The XO is also responsible for maintaining discipline and determining punishment for members of the crew found guilty of breaking minor regulations. On smaller starships, the duties of First Officer may be combined with other duties (such as Chief Engineer).

Second Executive Officer

At times the XO must assume command of a Starship or base, when this happens the XO needs the help of another officer to assume his/her role as XO. The second officer is not a stand alone position, but a role given to the highest ranked and trusted officer aboard. When required the Second Officer will assume the role of XO, or if needed CO, and performs there duties as listed, for as long as required.

Command Master Chief

The seniormost Chief Petty Officer (including Senior and Master Chiefs), regardless of rating, is designated by the Commanding Officer as the Chief of the Boat (for vessels) or Command Chief (for starbases). In addition to his or her departmental responsibilities, the COB/CC performs the following duties: serves as a liaison between the Commanding Officer (or Executive Officer) and the enlisted crewmen; ensures enlisted crews understand Command policies; advises the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer regarding enlisted morale, and evaluates the quality of noncommissioned officer leadership, management, and supervisory training.

Strategic Operations Officer

Strategic Operations coordinates battle strategy, as well as keeping the CO, XO, and CoB informed of anything, military or political, in the galaxy at large that needs to be known. The Strategic Operations Officer works closely with tactical, especially in battle situations.
The Chief Strategic Operations Officer is in charge of all of the officers in the Strategic Operations Department, and is considered a department head.

Chief Intelligence Officer

S/he is responsible for organizing all intelligence the department's gathered and presenting it to the duty station's CO. S/he assists the CO, Strategic Operations Officer (if one is present) and the Security/Tactical Officer, sometimes the Marine CO as well. S/he offers advice on ship/starbase operations, especially in times of conflict or covert missions.

Communications Officer

Communications is a vital part of each and every starship and starbase. The Communications Officer monitors any and all transmissions aboard ship, as well as externally. The Communications Officer is an experienced linguist, proficient in many different languages.

Mission Advisor

Advises the CO/XO on mission-specific areas of importance. Many times, the Mission Advisor knows just as much about the mission as the CO and XO do, if not even more. He or she also performs mission-specific tasks, and can take on any roles that a mission requires him or her to do. Often a department head in his/her own right.

Morale Officer

Responsible for keeping the morale of the crew high. Delivers regular reports on morale to the XO. The Morale Officer plans activities that will keep the crew's morale and demeanor up. If any crew member is having problems, IC or OOC, the Morale Officer can assist that crew member. Must concurrently hold another staff position, not required to be department head.

Yeoman

The Captain's Yeoman is for Petty Officers who wish to continue as administrators. It is technically a non-Mate position. Use of this position is completely at the discretion of the Commanding Officer. File work, and sensitive message transport are but two examples of the Yeoman's possible duties. The Yeoman assists the CO in day-to-day duties that the CO would otherwise not have the time to do.

Flight Control Department

Chief Flight Control Officer

Originally known as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, Navigation and flight control. A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. The Chief Flight Control Officer is the senior most CONN Officer aboard, serving as a Senior Officer, and Chief of the Personnel under him/her.

Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer

Origninally know as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, navigation and flight control. A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship, and every vessel has a number of Flight Control Officers to allow shift rotations. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. Flight Control Officers report to the Chief Flight Control Officer. The Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer is the second-in-command of the Flight Control Department, and is able to assume the duties of Chief Flight Control Officer on a temporary or permanent basis as so needed.

Fight Control Officer

Origninally know as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, navigation and flight control. A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship, and every vessel has a number of Flight Control Officers to allow shift rotations. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. Flight Control Officers report to the Chief Flight Control Officer.

Chief Shuttle/Runabout Pilot

All small spacecrafts aboard a starship or Starbase (Shuttles, Runabouts, Captain's yacht etc.) are flown by Shuttle Pilots. This is often the proving ground for new Flight Control Officers until they earn a berth on a starship. Her/his direct superior is the Flight Control Officer.

Assistant Chief Shuttle/Runabout Pilot

All small spacecrafts aboard a starship or Starbase (Shuttles, Runabouts, Captain's yacht etc.) are flown by Shuttle Pilots. This is often the proving ground for new Flight Control Officers until they earn a berth on a starship. Her/his direct superior is the Flight Control Officer.

Shuttle/Runabout Pilot

All small spacecrafts aboard a starship or Starbase (Shuttles, Runabouts, Captain's yacht etc.) are flown by Shuttle Pilots. This is often the proving ground for new Flight Control Officers until they earn a berth on a starship. Her/his direct superior is the Flight Control Officer.

Operations Department

Chief Operations Officer

The Chief Operations Officer has the primary responsibility of ensuring that ship functions, such as the use of the lateral sensor array, do not interfere with one and another. S/he must prioritize resource allocations, so that the most critical activities can have every chance of success. If so required, s/he can curtail shipboard functions if s/he thinks they will interfere with the ship's current mission or routine operations.
The Chief Operations Officer is a Department head, and a member of the Senior Staff.

Assistant Chief Operations Officer

The Chief Operations Officer cannot man the bridge at all times. Extra personnel are needed to relive and maintain ship operations. The Operations Officers are thus assistants to the Chief, fulfilling his/her duties when required, and assuming the Operations consoles if required at any time.
The Assistant Chief Operations Officer is the second-in-command of the Operations Department, and can assume the role of Chief Operations Officer on a temporary or permanent basis if so needed.

Operations Officer

The Chief Operations Officer cannot man the bridge at all times. Extra personnel are needed to relive and maintain ship operations. The Operations Officers are thus assistants to the Chief, fulfilling his/her duties when required, and assuming the Operations consoles if required at any time.
The Operations Officer reports to the Chief Operations Officer.

Boatswain

Each vessel and base has one Warrant Officer (or Chief Warrant Officer) who holds the position of Boatswain. The Boatswain (pronounced and also written "Bosun" or "Bos'n") trains and supervises personnel (including both the ship's company or base personnel as well as passengers or vessels) in general ship and base operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Operations personnel; sets the agenda for instruction in general ship and base operations; supervises auxiliary and utility service personnel and daily ship or base maintenance; coordinates all personnel cross-trained in damage control operations and supervises damage control and emergency operations; may assume any Bridge or Operations role as required; and is qualified to temporarily act at Operations if so ordered. The Boatswain reports to the Chief Operations Officer.

Quartermaster

The Quartermaster trains and supervises crewmen in Bridge operations, repairs, and protocols and sets the agenda for instruction in general ship and starbase operations for the Boatswain┬╣s Mate; maintains the ship's log, the ship's clock, and watch and duty assignments for all Bridge personnel; may assume any Bridge (i.e. CONN) or Operations role (i.e. transporter) as required; and is qualified to temporarily act as Commanding or Executive Officer if so ordered.
Quartermasters ensure that all officers and crew perform their duties consistent with Starfleet directives. The Quartermaster reports to the Executive Officer.

Security/Tactical Department - These departments are currently two separate departments!

Chief Security/Tactical Officer

In the Chief Security Officer role, her/his duty is to ensure the safety of ship and crew. The Chief of Security takes it as their personal duty to protect the Commanding/Executive Officer on away teams. She/he is also responsible for people under arrest and the safety of guests, liked or not. S/he also is a department head and a member of the senior staff, responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and duty rosters. Security could be called the 24th century police force.
In the Chief Tactical Officer role, s/he is the vessels gunman. S/he is responsible for the ships weapon system, and is also the COs tactical advisor in Star Ship Combat matters. Very often Tactical Officers are also trained in ground combat and small unit tactics. There is much more to tactical than simply overseeing the weapons console on the bridge. Tactical maintains the weapons systems aboard the ship/starbase, maintaining and reloading photons magazines. Tactical planning and current Intelligence analysis (if no Intelligence operatives are aboard) is also overseen by the tactical department.

Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer

The Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer S/he assists the Chief of Security/Tactical in the daily work; in issues regarding security/tactical and any administrative matters.
There is much more to tactical than simply overseeing the weapons console on the bridge. Tactical maintains the weapons systems aboard the ship/starbase, maintaining and reloading photons magazines. Tactical planning and current Intelligence analysis (if no Intelligence officers are aboard) is also overseen by the tactical department.
As and if required the Deputy must be able to take command of the Security/Tactical department.

Security/Tactical Officer

There are several Security Officers aboard of each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief of Security/Tactical and his/her Deputy and mostly guard sensitive areas, protect people, patrol, and handle other threats to the Federation.
The Tactical Officers are the vessels gunmen. They assist the Chief Security/Tactical Officer by running and maintaining the numerous weapons systems aboard the ship/starbase, and analysis and tactical planning of current missions. Very often Tactical Officers are also trained in ground combat and small unit tactics.

Master at Arms

The Master-at-Arms trains and supervises Security crewmen in departmental operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Security personnel; supervises weapons locker access and firearm deployment; and is qualified to temporarily act as Chief of Security if so ordered. The Master-at-Arms reports to the Chief of Security.

Engineering Department

Chief Engineering Officer

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the condition of all systems and equipment on board a Starfleet ship or facility. S/he oversees maintenance, repairs and upgrades of all equipment. S/he is also responsible for the many repairs teams during crisis situations.

The Chief Engineer is not only the Department head but also a Senior Officer, responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and maintenance of the duty rosters.

Assistant Chief Engineering Officer

The Assistant Chief Engineer assists the Chief Engineer in the daily work; in issues regarding mechanical, administrative matters and co-ordaining repairs with other departments.
If so required the Asst. Chief Engineer must be able to take over as Chief Engineer, and thus must be versed in current information regarding the ship or facility.

Engineering Officer

There are several non-specialized Engineers aboard of each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief Engineer and his Assistant, performing a number of different tasks as required (i.e. general maintenance and repair). Generally Engineers as assigned to more specialized Engineering person to assist in there work is so requested by the specialized Engineer.

Engineer's Mate

The Engineer's Mate trains and supervises Engineering crewmen in departmental operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Engineering personnel; and is qualified to temporarily act as Chief Engineer if so ordered. The Engineer's Mate reports to the Chief Engineer.

Transporter Chief

The Transporter Chief is responsible for all transports to and from other ships and any planetary bodies. When transporting is not going on, the Transporter Chief is responsible for keeping the transporters running at peak efficiency. The team assigned to the Transporter Chief is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Asst. and Chief Engineer. The Transporter Chief reports to the Asst and Chief Engineer.

Science Department

Chief Science Officer

The Chief Science Officer is responsible for all the scientific data the ship/facility collects, and the distribution of such data to specific section within the department for analysis. S/he is also responsible with providing the ship's captain with scientific information needed for command decisions.
S/he also is a department head and a member of the Senior Staff and responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and duty rosters.

Assistant Chief Science Officer

The Asst. Chief Science Officer assists Chief in all areas, such as administration, and analysis of scientific data. The Asst. often take part in specific analysis of important data along with the Chief Science Officer, however spends most time overseeing current project and their section heads.

Science Officer

There are several general Science Officers aboard each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief Science Officer and his Assistant. Assignments include work for the Specialized Section heads, as well as duties for work been carried out by the Chief and Asst.
Answers to the Chief and Asst. Science Officer, or the section head they are assigned to.

Astrometrics/Stellar Cartographer

Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Astrometrics Section. This role entails the maintaining, correction and production of new stellar maps. Has close ties with the the Physics and Stellar Cartographer Sections. Answers to the Chief and Asst. Science Officer.

Medical Department

Chief Medical Officer

The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for the physical health of the entire crew, but does more than patch up injured crew members. His/her function is to ensure that they do not get sick or injured to begin with, and to this end monitors their health and conditioning with regular check ups. If necessary, the Chief Medical Officer can remove anyone from duty, even a commanding officer. Besides this s/he is available to provide medical advice to any individual who requests it.
Additionally the Chief is also responsible for all aspect of the medical deck, such as the Medical labs, Surgical suites and Dentistry's.

S/he also is a department head and a member of the Senior Staff and responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and duty rosters.

Assistant Chief Medical Officer

He is responsible for representing the CO to the officer crew, as well as insuring the orders of the CO are carried out by all hands. He makes sure all stations are operating at peak efficiency. In times of crisis, the XO may be designated as Commander Pro Tempore and is one of two officers capable of jointly removing the CO from command. The Executive Officer also helps with many aspects of the Aquarius. At the end of each mission, the XO and CO determine any and all promotions. The XO can also help with new crew members, website work, etc.

Medical Officer

Medical Officer undertake the majority of the work aboard the ship/facility, examining the crew, and administering medical care under the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer and Asst. Chief.
Medical Officers also run the other Medical areas not directly overseen by the Chief Medical Officer.

Head Nurse

The Head Nurse oversees all the Nurses currently aboard, ensuring they are assigned to task and working as required in there area. Additionally the Head nurse performs the normal duties of the nurse, assisting the Duty Medical Officer in sickbay.

Nurse

Nurses are trained in basic medical care, and are capable of dealing with less serious medical cases. In more serious matters the nurse assist the medical officer in the examination and administration of medical care, be this injecting required drugs, or simply assuring the injured party that they will be ok.
The Nurses also maintain the medical wards, overseeing the patients and ensuring they are receiving medication and care as instructed by the Medical Officer.

Counseling Department -

Chief Counselor

Because of their training in psychology, technically the ship's/facility's Counselor is considered part of Starfleet medical. The Counselor is responsible both for advising the CO in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems.
The Chief Counselor is considered a member of the Senior Staff. S/he is responsible for the crew in his/her department. The Chief Counselor is the Counselor with the highest rank and most experience.

Assistant Chief Counselor

Because of their training in psychology, technically the ship's/facility's Counselor is considered part of Starfleet medical. The Counselor is responsible both for advising the CO in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems.
The Assistant Chief Counselor has the ability to take over as Chief Counselor on a temporary or permanent basis if so needed.

Counselor

Because of their training in psychology, technically the ship's/facility's Counselor is considered part of Starfleet medical. The Counselor is responsible both for advising the CO in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems.

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