Figure 1-6. Condition watch IV organization of a typical naval ship.
and is stationed where he can best perform his assigned
The Officer of the Deck
The OOD underway and in port is the watch officer
designated by the CO to be in charge of the ship. The
OOD is primarily responsible for the safe operation of
the ship. The U.S Navy Regulations, 1990, describe the
duties, responsibility, and authority of the OOD; they
are also discussed in considerable detail in Naval
Orientation, NAVEDTRA 12966.
The OOD reports directly to the CO for the safe
navigation and general operation of the ship. He reports
to the XO (and command duty officer, if appointed by
the CO) to carry out the ships routine and to the
navigator when he sights navigation landmarks and for
course/speed changes. The OOD may request advice
and assistance in the discharge of his duties from any
person assigned to the ship for duty.
The Damage Control Watch Officer
The damage control watch officer supervises the
maintenance of the material condition of readiness in
effect on the ship and is responsible for the operation of
the various hull systems. He has the following
l Maintain a rough log that includes hourly entries
of the fire main pressure and the number of fire pumps
in operation. The log should include such other entries
as getting underway, anchoring, and mooring, general
quarters, emergency drills, and setting of material
conditions (with a list of discrepancies reported and the
corrective action taken).