Bridge Watch Personnel
The numbers and assignments of personnel on watch vary from ship to
ship, depending on the ships size and availability of personnel.
The watch on the bridge, under way, normally consists of the following
Officer of the deck (OOD)
Junior officer of the deck (JOOD)
Quartermaster of the watch (QMOW)
Boatswains mate of the watch (BMOW)
Lee helmsman (who mans the engine order telegraph and RPM
Sound-powered telephone talker
In the following text, we will discuss the duties of the OOD, BMOW,
and helmsmen. The Quartermaster, as an assistant to the OOD, must
know the duties of all bridge personnel.
Officer of the
The officer of the deck under way is designated in writing by the
commanding officer and is primarily responsible, under the commanding
officer, for the safe and proper operation of the ship.
The following is a list of the OODs primary duties as prescribed by the
Standard Organization and Regulations of the US. Navy, OPNAVINST
3120.32. The officer of the deck under way will:
1. Keep continually informed concerning the tactical situation and
geographic factors that may affect the safe navigation of the ship, and
take appropriate action to avoid the danger of grounding or collision
according to tactical doctrine, the Rules of the Road, and the orders of
the commanding officer or other proper authority.