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Operations Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Jones, from Victorville, Calif., stands watch in Combat Direction Center aboard the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). "As a Sea Combat Controller I assign aircraft in simple or multiple warfare environments by using radios, radars and other means." George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)

#WARFIGHTING – Surface Operations

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 fifth in a series of blogs highlighting different enlisted ratings found in your Navy. Here we take a look at Quartermasters, Operations Specialists, Minemen, and Boatswain’s Mates, all crucial elements of the Navy’s surface operations team.

 

Quartermaster (QM)

Senior Chief Quartermaster Eddie Thomas, from Greenwood, S.C., shows Quartermaster 3rd Class Razshae Burnett, from Dayton, Ohio, effective plotting techniques aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) at Naval Station Norfolk. “Quartermasters support the Navy’s warfighting mission in two ways: we’re responsible for knowing where the ship is supposed to be and making sure it’s in a strategic but safe position,”said QMCS Eddie Thomas. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady/Released) 

  • Stand Watch as assistants to the officers of the deck and the navigator, serve as helmsmen and perform ship control navigation and bridge watch duties.
  • Procure, correct, use oceanographic charts.
  • Maintain navigational instruments and keep and correct navigational time.
  • Render honors and ceremonies in accordance with national observance and foreign customs.
  • Send and receive visual messages.
  • Serve as petty officers in charge of tugs, self-propelled barges and other yard and district craft.

 

Operations Specialist (OS)

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Jones, from Victorville, Calif., stands watch in Combat Direction Center aboard the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). “As a Sea Combat Controller I assign aircraft in simple or multiple warfare environments by using radios, radars and other means.”
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)
  • Function as plotters, radio-telephone and command and control sound-powered telephone talkers.
  • Maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays of strategic and tactical information.
  • Operate surveillance and altitude radars’ Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and associated equipment.
  • Serve as air traffic controllers for helicopters and fixed-wing supersonic jet aircraft.
  • Serve as watch supervisors and section leaders.
  • Interpret and evaluate presentations and tactical situations and make recommendations to supervisors during watch conditions.
  • Apply a thorough knowledge of doctrine and procedures applicable to CIC operations contained in U.S. Navy instructions and allied or U.S. Navy publications and procedures necessary for radar navigation contained naval Oceanographic Office publications.
  • Provide to the command technical information and assistance related to Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Mine Warfare, Naval Gunfire Support, and search and rescue operations.

 

Mineman (MN)

Mineman 3rd Class Brian Wheeler, from Dayton, Ohio, operates the port stern crane aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) in preparation for an international mine countermeasures exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Brendan H. Jones/Released)
  • Operate sonar systems for detection and classification of contacts.
  • Function in the minesweeping tactical nerve center (CIC) for their ships as part of the command and control team.
  • Handle and operate deck-loaded mine neutralization equipment.
  • Perform maintenance on and assembling mines.
  • Perform electrical and electronic checks and tests of circuitry and components.
  • Solve complex electronic problems when tests fail.
  • Operate various types of mine handling equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and heavy transport trucks.
  • Operate various types of hand equipment such as sandblasters, grinders, and pneumatic torque tools.
  • Work with basic mechanic hand tools, electrical meters, and electronic test equipment.

 

Boatswain’s Mate (BM)

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Murphy splices line together while preparing for an underway replenishment at sea aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gretchen Albrecht/Released)
  • Stand watch as helmsmen, lookouts, and Boatswain’s Mate of the Watch.
  • Repairing, maintaining and stowing equipment in preparation for underway operations.
  • Search and rescue swimmers.
  • Standing security watches while in port and underway.
  • Operating sound-powered telephone systems.
  • Serving as members of damage control, emergency, and security alert teams.
  • Participating in naval ceremonies.
  • Underway replenishment (transferring supplies from ship to ship at sea).
  • Small boat operations.
  • Flight deck and amphibious operations.
  • Taking command of tugs, barges, and other small craft.
  • Supervising deck crew in cleaning, painting, and maintaining ships and their equipment.
  • Direct boat crews in landing and rescue operations.
  • Teaching seamanship.
  • Serving as flight deck crew during helicopter operations.

 

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Learn more about all the enlisted ratings with our Owners and Operators Manual.

 


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