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off on deep space missions, overseeing the day-to-day operation of a
Starship and to ensure it carries out its intended functions, a
Commanding Officer is responsible for settling disputes among
crewmen, promoting and reprimanding officers as needed, and carrying
out the orders of Starfleet Command as well as interpreting and
complying with Federation legal and diplomatic directives.
such, a Commanding Officer can be called upon to answer for his own
actions and the actions of his crew.
Throughout history, Executive Officers
have been thought of as the unofficial morale officers of Starfleet.
They are responsible, to a certain extent for the welfare of the
ship's crew. In addition, the XO acts as an advisor to the captain
giving advice and makes himself available for consultation when
needed. While the captain may be regarded by some as untouchable,
the XOs are certainly thought of as the crew's link to the CO.
Executive Officers may also settle
internal disputes amongst crewmen if the matter is not considered to
demand the COs attention. Executive Officers are also called upon to
lead away teams to a planet or base and to lend administrative
support to the Commanding Officer as the individual CO sees fit.
The CIO is responsible for gathering
all information pertaining to mission briefings before an away team
starts their mission. Recon work is also the responsibility of the
CIO to ensure that the safety of the crew is maintained at all
times. It is the Intelligence Officers responsibility to make sure
that the crew and especially the CO has the latest info on races,
federation politics, military activity
HELM is responsible for the actual
piloting and navigation of a Starfleet or Federation vessel.
Although these functions are primarily automated, their importance
requires an officer to oversee them at all times for the safety of
the ship and crew.
The HELM receives his or her orders
directly from the Commanding Officer or the officer presiding over
the bridge watch. Areas of responsibility for the HELM include:
navigational references and course plotting, supervision of
automatic flight functions, manual flight operations, and position
During impulse flight, HELM are
responsible for making sure that all maneuvers stay within the
boundaries of the ship's performance envelope.
During warp flight, HELM are
required to monitor the ship's subspace field geometry and make
oversee automatic course corrections by the computer to account for
minor variations in the density of interstellar medium.
While the Commanding Officer and
Executive Officer oversee the daily functions of the crew, the
Operations Officer is responsible for overseeing the functions of
the ship itself.
By monitoring the status of each
ship system through his/her console on the bridge, the OPS officer
can prioritize and allocate resources to various departments as
Most prioritization and allocation
is done by the computer, but constant monitoring ensures that all
situations are taken into account, especially during alert
In addition, a ship's OPS officer
is responsible for providing general status information to the
computer and to individual departments to inform them of any changes
that might affect their normal operations.
During alerts, the OPS officer is
also responsible for the allocation of power from the ship's warp
reactor and fusion generators to permit the vessel to meet any
demands made of it.
Other duties include operating
communications with other ships.
As the position title notes, CSEC
officers have the responsibility for coordinating all of the
internal security for a vessel.
This includes managing and leading
security teams to provide a constant presence throughout the ship
while minimizing visibility and any minor inconveniences to the
crew. Security teams may be directed from the security station via
keyed instructions or in a meeting-like setting by the CSEC.
In addition, special transporting
of dignitaries and ambassadorial staff shall be conducted by the
Chief of Security and his/her staff as well as armory inventories,
security team personnel assignments, and detailed
counter-intelligence measures to prevent sabotage or terrorism
aboard a Starship.
This position can be used but is often
entailed within the duties of the CSEC. TAC officer is the sole
person to have access to a ships weapons and defenses.
You are NOT
to fire under any circumstances until the Captain orders it. With
this position you have the responsibility of keeping the damage
inflicted on the enemy vessel object as reasonable as possible.
Engineering Officer (CEO):
The Chief Engineering Officer, as the
title would seem to indicate, is responsible for all matters
pertaining to the engineering systems of a Starship. The Chief
Engineer is the department head to which all junior engineering
As such, he or she is responsible
for the overseeing of all systems of a vessel and making sure that
they are kept in prime operating condition.
In addition, the Chief Engineering
Officer is also responsible for coordinating operations with other
departments regarding their instruments and systems.
For example, the Chief Engineering
Officer shall coordinate all tactical systems with the Chief of
Security and Tactical Officer. Other related duties, such as
shipwide diagnostics, are also coordinated through the Chief
CEOs may also be called to
participate in away team missions at the discretion of the CO and
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