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WEAPONS,  DECK,  OR  COMBAT SYSTEMS  DEPARTMENT Ships  whose  mission  is  to  attack  using ordnance (gun batteries, torpedoes, missiles, and so forth) have a weapons department headed by a weapons officer. Some surface combatants with complete  combat  systems  and  some  classes  of submarines  have  a  combat  systems  department headed by a combat systems officer. Ships whose offensive capabilities are not primarily related to ordnance  have  a  deck  department  headed  by  a first lieutenant. Aircraft carriers and some other ships have a weapons or combat systems depart- ment  in  addition  to  a  deck  department. The  weapons  or  combat  systems  officer  is responsible   for   the   operation,   care,   and maintenance  of  the  ship’s  armament  and  the weapons fire-control equipment. The department head  is  also  responsible  for  the  care,  handling, stowage, accountability, and issue of ammunition and pyrotechnics; the maintenance of magazines; and  the  external  security  of  the  ship. If the ship does not have an air department, the  weapons  or  combat  systems  department  is responsible  for  the  launching  and  recovery  of assigned aircraft. If the ship does not have a deck department, the  weapons  department  is  responsible  for  the preservation  and  cleanliness  of  the  external  areas of the ship not assigned to other departments. It is also responsible for the operations of the paint, sail, and boatswains’ lockers; the inspection and maintenance  of  survival  equipment;  all  deck seamanship operations; and the care and use of deck  equipment. If the ship has a deck department but not a weapons or combat systems department, the first lieutenant  (head  of  the  deck  department)  is responsible  for  the  functions  just  described.  For ships  that  have  a  combat  systems  department  but not   a   deck   department,   the   deck   functions described are the responsibility of the operations department. OPERATIONS   DEPARTMENT The operations department is made up of the divisions  needed  to  carry  out  various  tasks.  These tasks include collecting and evaluating combat and operational   information,   conducting   electronic warfare,   gathering   and   analyzing   intelligence information,   repairing   electronic   equipment, controlling aircraft, and forecasting weather. The operations department is usually in charge of all the radar, sonar, and communications equipment on the ship. The combat information center (CIC) is  part  of  the  operations  department. On  some  larger  ships,  the  communications functions,   equipment,   and   systems   may   be   a separate department. ENGINEERING   DEPARTMENT The  engineer  officer  is  responsible  for  the operation,  care, and   maintenance   of   all propulsion  and  auxiliary  machinery.  The department head is also responsible for the control of   damage   resulting   from   fire,   explosion, collision, and   so   forth.   The   engineering department  provides  power,  lights,  ventilation, heat,   refrigeration,   compressed   air,   and   fresh water  throughout  the  ship. The engineer officer may be assigned several assistants,  such  as  the  main  propulsion  assistant, damage  control  assistant,  and  electrical  officer. SUPPLY  DEPARTMENT Among   other   responsibilities,   the   supply department is charged with the proper operation of  the  general  mess,  including  preparing  and serving  food.  The  supply  department  operates  the ship’s store, which provides personal articles for the well-being of the ship’s crew, and the clothing and   small   stores   issue   room,   which   provides uniform  items.  The  supply  department  includes the  disbursing  officer,  who  maintains  the  pay records of the crew. The supply department also is  responsible  for  all  the  ordering  and  receiving of  general  stores,   supplies,   spare   parts,   and equipment  for  the  ship;  that  is,  just  about everything  that  comes  aboard  the  ship. NAVIGATION    DEPARTMENT The   navigator   is   responsible   for   the   safe navigation  and  piloting  of  the  ship.  The  navigator is  also  responsible  for  the  operation,  care,  and maintenance  of  navigation  equipment,  charts, publications,  and  records. MEDICAL/DENTAL   DEPARTMENT The  medical  department  is  responsible  for maintaining   the   health   of   personnel   of   the command. In  addition  to  furnishing  medical  care  and treatment   to   ship’s   personnel,   the   medical department   conducts   routine   inspections   to 16-4

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