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#WARFIGHTING – Surface Combat Systems

October is #Warfighting month focusing on Navy Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression on, above, and below the sea. This is the fourth in a series of  blogs focusing on different enlisted ratings in your Navy. With this blog we’ll take a peak into the combat surface systems team’s world.

Fire Controlman (FC)

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Richard L. Kinnison, from Parkton, N.C., fires an air slug from the Mk-32 surface vessel torpedo tubes aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). Winston S. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)
  • Inspect, test, align, and repair micro/minicomputers and associated peripheral equipment, data conversion units, data display equipment, data link terminal equipment, print devices, and systems related equipment.
  • Make analysis for detailed systems, computer programs, electronics, and electronic casualty control.
  • Operate associated built-in and external test equipment, load, initialize, and run preprogrammed diagnostic.
  • Operate the Aegis Weapons System, which includes one of the most powerful air-search radars, deployed at sea around the world, the SPY-1, as well as the MK99 Fire Control System, used for terminal guidance of Standard Missiles, and the Aegis Computer Suite.
  • Run performance and testing routines for digital computer equipment, digital subsystems, digital systems, and overall combat systems.

Gunner’s Mate (GM)

Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Eric Dowdell explains the use of the M16A1 rifle to Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Adan Acosta and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Emmanuel Rivera during a training exercise on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
  • Operating and maintaining guided missile launching systems, torpedo launching/handling systems, rocket launchers, gun mounts, and other ordnance systems and equipment.
  • Training and supervising crews in the use of all types of ordnance equipment.
  • Stowing, securing, requisitioning and reclassifying explosives.
  • Operating and maintaining magazine flooding and sprinkling systems.
  • Making mechanical, electrical and electronic casualty analysis using technical publications, blueprints, schematics and circuit diagrams.
  • Repairing, maintaining, testing and calibrating ordnance equipment and microprocessing equipment.
  • Use common and cafre for hand tools, special tools and soldering equipment.
  •  Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components associated with launching systems.
  • Interpret color coding to determine values of capacitors and resistors, and tracing internal connections of power and audio transformers, chassis wiring and multiconductor cables.
  • Operating and maintaining night optical devices, operating optical scanning and marking devices to label, identify and report explosives utilization/expenditure.
  • Serve as team member performing inspections and final closeout checks on weapons.
  • Install and remove torpedo exploder mechanisms.

Interior Communications Electrician (IC)

Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Michael Kincaid, from Mechanicsville, Md., monitors a televised, ship-wide bingo game from the site TV control room aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) after a general quarters drill. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephanie Smith/Released)
  • Maintaining and repairing interior communications systems.
  • Preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches.
  • Installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries.
  • Recharging wet cell batteries.
  • Testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment.
  • Installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems.
  • Maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment.
  • Maintaining and operating TV systems.
  • Maintaining and repairing shipboard navigation equipment.

Sonar Technician Surface (STG)

  • Identify sounds produced by surface ships, torpedos, submarines, evasion devices, sonar transmissions, marine life, and natural phenomena.
  • Operate sonar sensors for detection and classification of contacts.
  • Identify the characteristics, functions and effects of controlled jamming and evasive devices on sonar operations.
  • Prepare and interpret sonar messages.
  • Operate underwater fire control systems for firing of torpedos.
  • Recognize major equipment malfunctions during sensor operations.
  • Operate bathythermographs, fathometers, and torpedo countermeasures.
  • Use and maintain hand tools and portable power tools.
  • Operate underwater communications equipment.

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