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Although  we  have  listed  only  some  of  the OOD’s  duties  and  responsibilities,  those  listed show  the  enormous  responsibility  involved.  When an individual is designated OOD (underway), the commanding officer has placed special trust and confidence  in  that  person’s  capabilities. Although the OOD is responsible for the deck and  the  conn,  the  OOD  normally  delegates  the conn  to  the  JOOD.  Just  what  are  the  deck  and the  conn?  The  deck  refers  to  the  OOD’s  watch; it  means  the  OOD  is  in  charge  of  all  deck functions  and  supervises  the  maneuvers  of  the ship.  The  conn  means  the  control,  or  direction by  rudder  and  engine  orders,  of  the  movements of a ship. The JOOD is in training for OOD and must, therefore, learn how to conn the ship. Even when delegating the conn, the OOD still remains responsible for the actions of the conning officer. A  matter  of  extreme  importance  is  that  the bridge  watch  team  know  who  has  the  deck  and the conn. Only one person at a time can conn the ship, and that person must be known by the watch team. For this reason, when one officer transfers the  conn  to  another,  that  officer  announces  this transfer in the pilot house. Normally, the conning officer  being  relieved  announces,  “This  is  [Rank or Rate and name of the officer being relieved]. [Rank or rate and name of relieving officer] has the   conn.”  The  officer  assuming  the  conn  then announces,   “This  is  [Rank  or  Rate  and  name]. I have the conn. ” Each member of the watch team acknowledges  this  report.  Customarily  the helmsman  and  lee  helmsman  report  the  course being steered, the magnetic-compass course, and the  speed  and  rpm  indicated.  A  similar  announce- ment  is  also  made  for  relief  of  the  deck. COMBAT  INFORMATION  CENTER WATCH  OFFICER  (CICWO) The  officer  who  supervises  the  operation  of the  combat  information  center  (CIC)  is  the  CIC watch  officer  (CICWO).  The  CICWO  acts  as  a representative  of  the  CIC  officer.  The  duties  of the  CICWO  include  the  following: Supervising  personnel  on  watch  in  CIC, ensuring   air,    surface,   and   submarine contacts are detected and reported within the  capabilities  of  the  equipment Keeping  the  OOD  advised  of  recom- mended  procedures  for  maintaining  sta- tion,  avoiding  navigational  hazards  and collisions,  and  speed  or  course  changes necessary  to  change  or  regain  station Keeping the OOD informed concerning all radars  in  operation  and  those  under  repair Ensuring all CIC logs are properly main- tained  for  the  duration  of  the  watch Supervising and evaluating the on-the-job training  of  enlisted  CIC  personnel  on watch,  including  the  ship’s  lookouts The  CICWO  normally  makes  reports  to  the OOD. If a tactical action officer (TAO) is assigned to the watch bill, the CICWO reports to the TAO on  matters  of  tactical  employment  and  defense. Tactical Action Officer (TAO) The  tactical  action  officer  (TAO)  acts  as  the commanding  officer’s  representative  concerning the tactical employment and defense of the unit. The TAO is responsible for the safe and efficient operations  of  the  combat  systems  and  for  any other   duties   prescribed   by   the   commanding officer.  The  TAO,  who  is  not  assigned  to  the watch   bill   during   normal   peacetime   steaming (Condition  IV),  stands  watch  in  CIC. When   so   authorized   by   the   commanding officer,  the  TAO  may  direct  the  OOD  to  take tactical  actions  required  to  fight  or  defend  the unit.  The  TAO  and  the  OOD  have  to  work  as  a team. With the TAO in CIC and the OOD on the bridge,  the  TAO’s  direction  could  possibly  place the ship in danger. In these cases the OOD should decline the direction and immediately advise the CO. Communications Watch Officer Another  important  position  in  the  underway watch organization is the communications watch officer.  The  communications  watch  officer  is responsible  for  receiving  all  incoming  message traffic  and  ensuring  it  is  properly  routed.  The communications  watch  officer  sends  all  opera- tional  messages  to  the  CIC  watch  officer.  The communications watch officer is also responsible for transmitting the messages the unit needs to send  and  ensuring  all  radio  frequencies  are properly set. A ship must be able to communicate to  accomplish  its  mission. ENGINEERING OFFICER OF THE  WATCH  (EOOW) The engineering officer of the watch (EOOW) is  in  charge  of  the  safe  and  proper  operation  of 4-3

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