Bridge Watch Personnel, Continued
Officer of the
10. Carry out the routine of the ship as published in the plan of the day
and other ships directives, keeping the executive officer advised of any
changes that may be necessary.
11. Supervise and control the use of the general announcing system;
the general, chemical, collision, sonar, and steering casualty alarms; and
the whistle according to the orders of the commanding officer, tactical
doctrine, and the Rules of the Road.
12. Permit no person to go aloft on the masts or stacks or to work over
the side except when wind and sea conditions will not expose him or her
to danger; and then only when all applicable safety precautions are
13. Supervise and control all transmissions and acknowledgments on
the primary and secondary tactical voice radio circuits, and ensure that
proper phraseology and procedures are used in all transmissions.
14. Supervise and conduct on-the-job training for the JOOW, the
JOOD, and enlisted personnel of the bridge watch.
15. Assume such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the
16. Supervise the striking of the ships bell to denote the hours and
half-hours from reveille to taps, requesting permission of the
commanding officer to strike eight bells at the hours of 0800, 1200, and
17. On ships that do not station a damage control watch officer,
supervise the maintenance of a log of all fittings that are in violation of
the material condition of readiness prescribed. Entries will show the
name and rate of the person requesting permission to open a fitting,
approximate length of time to be open, and time closed. Anyone who,
without permission, violates the material condition of readiness in effect
shall be made the subject of an official report.
As you can see from the list of duties, the OOD can be a very busy
person. This is especially true when your ship is operating in company
with other ships or close to a shipping lane. For this reason, you, as the
Quartermaster of the watch, can be of great assistance to him or her.
The QMOW is the direct assistant to the OOD.