Nimitz-class CVN - Departments & Divisions
Administration is one of the more diverse departments, claiming many ratings which add up to a group of experts on everything from personnel records to radio and television, education services to career counseling. Most aspects of administration amount to "customer service." The Administration Office implements the Plan of the Day and oversees the administrative functions of the ship. The Captain's Office is the administrative liaison for business and correspondence requiring the Commanding Officer's purview. The Print Shop is part of this division. The Personnel Office maintains enlisted service records, issues ID cards and processes incoming and outgoing personnel. The Public Affairs Office provides information to the crew and to the off-ship community. It also heads up shipboard visits of distinguished visitors, media and the general public; and runs a television and radio station as well as a newspaper. The Educational Services Office provides opportunity education and advancement through a variety of programs and administers a library of training manuals for the crew. One of the educational opportunities the ESO provides is the Program for Afloat College Education (PACE) program. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office offers discount prices to the crew for recreation and leisure events and operates the ship's gymnasiums. The Command Career Counselor's Office gives information and guidance regarding opportunities for choosing a Navy career. The Counseling and Assistance Center and Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor help Sailors and Marines deal with individual problems. The Equal Opportunity Program Specialist is the primary advisor to the CO and XO on command Equal Opportunities programs and monitors the effectiveness of these programs. Together, these divisions reach out ship wide to crew members, enhancing professional and personal life aboard the ship.
Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department - AIMD
The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's mission is to enhance and sustain combat readiness and mission capabilities in direct support of Carrier Air Wing Eleven aircraft and intra-Battle Group elements.
The Staff Division (IM-1) consists of a production staff to manage 57 Maintenance Work Centers in the processing of hundreds of repairable items on a daily basis.
The General Maintenance Division (IM-2) performs repairs on aircraft engines, propeller assemblies, hydraulic components, metal and composite aircraft structures, aviation life support systems and personal survival equipment.
The Avionics/Armament Division (IM-3) performs repairs on assigned test benches/sets and aircraft electrical and electronic components to support aircraft communication and navigation equipment, computers, radars and electronic countermeasures systems. IM-3 also provides intermediate support for weapons systems such as bomb racks, missiles launchers and aircraft guns.
The Support Equipment Division (IM-4) aids flight and hangar deck operations by inspecting, repairing and servicing ground support equipment for work on and around aircraft.
AIMD doubles its assigned manpower during each at-sea operating period upon the arrival of sea duty detachments of technicians (SEAOPDETS), from shore-based AIMDs
Air Department is the largest department, with more than 600 men and women assigned. The department ensures the safe and efficient launch and recovery of aircraft and is divided into five major divisions. Flight Deck Control is responsible for handling, spotting, and movement of aircraft on the flight and hangar decks. It is supervised by Aircraft Handling Officer, who must, at all times, have current and complete status of all aircraft on board. The Airwing Maintenance Liaison Officer "CAGMO" or representative will be on duty at all times during flight or general quarters. Most carriers have a basic spotting order, i.e., the aircraft are spotted before a launch in approximately the same location each time. The spotting order allows for placing certain aircraft in certain locations to permit servicing, loading of ammunition, maintenance, etc. Before each launch, the Aircraft Handling Officer holds a brief that will cover procedures and the correct sequence. The disposition of "Go-Down" Aircraft before or during launch cycle is given. Handling crew supervisors (Directors) are given specifics verbally and via spotting cards. After the launch, remaining aircraft in landing are moved. The basic spotting order for aircraft that have recovered is similar to the launch spotting cards. As an exact landing sequence cannot be determined, the aircraft are spotted in a feasible location as they come aboard. "Hard Down" Aircraft are usually sent to the hangar deck and are replaced with "up" aircraft from below. Re-spotting of aircraft on the flight/hanger deck is an exercise in cooperation between personnel of refueling and rearming crews, squadron maintenance personnel and plane handlers.
V-1 Division is tasked with the security and movement of aircraft on the flight deck. Included in this is the Crash and Salvage crew who are the flight deck's fire department and rescue team. The V-1 Division handles, directs, moves aircraft on flight deck. It also operates aircraft handling/servicing equipment and mans the crash/salvage team.
V-2 Division maintains and operates the four steam catapults and associated machinery, Visual Landing Aids (VLA) and arresting gear.
V-3 Division is responsible for the security and movement of aircraft in the ship's three hangar bays. V-3 Division handles, directs, moves aircraft on the hangar deck. It operates aircraft elevators, hangar bay doors and assigned fire fighting equipment.
V-4 Division, "Lincoln's Gas-N-Go," operates the aircraft fueling system, providing fuel services to air-wing aircraft. V-4 Division is responsible for fuel storage and transfer equipment, fuel purity, and fueling of all aircraft.
V-5 Division operates the ship's aircraft control tower, commonly known as "Pri-Fly (Primary Flight Control)," as well as running the department office where the paperwork never seems to end.
Pri-fly is manned by the Air Officer (Air Boss), Assistant Air Officer (Mini Boss) and assistant subordinates. It is responsible for aircraft on deck and for visual control of all aircraft operating in the carrier's control zone.
The Chaplain Department provides for the spiritual, mental and emotional health of the Sailors and Marines of the ship's company, air wing and battle group. Catholic and Protestant Chaplains provide for those of our own faith traditions through worship and religious education. They facilitate others through their support of lay readers representing various faith groups and jointly they conduct dozens of services/classes weekly.
Combat Systems Department
Combat Systems Department is a diverse and highly trained team of professionals. They are responsible for maintenance and repair of a wide range of electronic equipment installed onboard the carrier. Under the direction of the Combat Systems Officer, the department consists of five separate divisions.
The Radar Maintenance division (CSR) consists of Electronic Technicians (ET) responsible for the ship's radar and navigation systems, and systems that monitor the launching and recovering of aircraft.
The Data division (CSD) maintains the ship's tactical computer systems, such as ACDS, NTCS-A and ASWM. This division consists of Data System Technicians (DS) and Instrument men (IM). They are also responsible for the maintenance of the ship's administrative equipment, which consists of more than 1,500 PCs and 70 copiers, for the offices of embarked staff, squadrons and ship's personnel.
The Communications Maintenance division (CSC) uses ET's to repair and maintain the ship's vital communications equipment. They also employ Interior Communications Electricians (IC) for the upkeep of ship's entertainment equipment, such as ship's TV, FM radio stations and more than 600 televisions onboard.
The Fire Control Technicians (FC) of FOX division maintain the ship's defensive missile and gun weapons systems and their associated radars.
CSA division, or the department's administrative division, handles the many administrative duties for the Combat System Officer and the rest of his department.
Behind closed doors... seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the radiomen of Communications Department are on the job providing the most advanced communications for embarked staffs and squadrons. The Department provides instantaneous voice or message access practically anywhere in the world. The Message Processing Center (CR01) keeps the message traffic flowing while Tech Control (CR02) keeps the high tech gear "on the air" ensuring the right person or aircraft receives the right message at the right time.
Preparations for WESTPAC '95 started only weeks after return from our previous deployment. The advent of numerous "state of the art" communications systems installed during Ship's Restricted Availability (SRA), required numerous personnel to attend fleet schools to learn how to operate and maintain the new equipment. A high degree of technical expertise and rigorous training program ensured they were all prepared for all phases of the work up cycle. All exercises were completed with a competency factor exceeding 99 percent, the highest for any aircraft carrier fleet wide.
During deployment, more than 250 tactical circuits were maintained around the clock and nearly 350,000 messages processed over a six month period. The days are long, the pace quick, but the communications will not stop, and neither will the men and women of the Communications Department...behind closed doors.
Marlinespikes, chains, pipes, line and paint... there is no getting away from upkeep, mooring, fueling, replenishment, ground tackle, grinding, chipping and painting. Before any ship can pull into port, restock, take on fuel or look good from bow to stern, Deck Department becomes involved in a big way. They may not get the limelight the pilots do, and Steven Segal probably won't play a Boatswain's Mate in his next movie, but Deck Department is the unsung hero of any ship at sea. From the First Lieutenant, to the newest deck seaman, Deck Department is the watchful eye that looks out during the night, the skilled helmsmen that steers his crew through the seas, and the voice that informs and alerts the crew of any and all of the events during the days at sea. The crossed anchors on the shoulder of every Boatswain's Mate represents the Navy's oldest rating, and the traditional sense of pride in workmanship which goes along with it. Both divisions in Deck Department provide personnel for the "Sides Crew," keeping the hull of the ship always looking its best.
The Dental Department provides the best modern dental health care available to the ship's crew and embarked Air Wing/Staff personnel. Manned by 16 enlisted personnel and five dental officers, the staff sees more than 70 patients on an average day. The clinic and laboratory are fully equipped with the latest in dental equipment in order to provide the best dental care possible.
The Dental Department does not restrict itself to oral problems. It also acts as an augment to the medical team manning battle dressing stations, aiding in mass casualty scenarios. All dental technicians and dental officers are trained in CPR and basic life saving techniques, such as airway management, intravenous injection and hemorrhage control. They are responsible for organization of the walking blood bank, where donors are pre-screened for possible future need. If you don't draw the blood ahead of time, you don't have to worry about it going bad. If the need for blood arises for an involved surgical procedure or a catastrophic injury, the type of blood needed can be readily accessed for transfusion.
Engineering Department is one of the largest and most diversified departments onboard a carrier. Its nearly 350 personnel in five divisions can equate to many of the companies who provide services to you in your hometown. They are a Fire Department, Utilities Department, Electric and Telephone Company and the Public Works Department all rolled into one. Headed by the Chief Engineer and with the aid of his five Principal Assistants, they are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a wide range of equipment and systems throughout the ship.
The responsibility for keeping the ship afloat and functioning is an all hands effort but the job of keeping it intact falls on the engineers. They operate the ship's fire main system and are the primary damage control team members, they train the crew in basic and advanced damage control and they hold the data base of all damage control equipment and fittings throughout the ship. There is not a single space on this warship which does not involve the engineers in some way. The cable ways and piping overhead, the fire stations and water tight doors you pass and the decks we walk on are all tied to Engineering Department.
In today's world, most operational, administrative, and personal decisions require an understanding of applicable laws and regulations, both military and civilian. Legal Department exists to advise both the Commanding Officer, and individual Sailors, and Marines onboard the carrier, on the law. Legal Department personnel review criminal investigations by ship's Security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, draft charges based on the evidence, advise the Commanding Officer on appropriate disciplinary action, and process offense reports through captain's mast or courts martial, in compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Legal Department personnel also advise the Commanding Officer on a wide range of administrative law issues, conduct and review Judge Advocate General Manual investigations, process administrative discharges for misconduct, monitor overseas liberty risk program, and respond to congressional inquiries. Of equal importance is advice rendered to individual crewmembers. Legal Department personnel prepare wills and powers of attorney upon request and provide confidential advice when needed on family law matters, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer debt, and civil lawsuits, to name a few.
Working closely with the Legal Department onboard is the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Agent Afloat. Permanently assigned to the carrier, this agent investigates all major criminal offenses involving ship's company, embarked squadrons, and other ships within the battle group. An additional agent is assigned during deployments to handle all foreign counter-intelligence matters for the battle group and assists as needed on criminal investigations.
Maintenance Material Management (3M) Department
Maintenance Material Management (3M) Department coordinates planned maintenance system (PMS), the Navy's method to plan, schedule and perform preventive maintenance; monitors the Organizational Maintenance Management System (OMMS), the system that collects and reports corrective maintenance actions; and maintains the Ship's Equipment Configuration files and the Current Ships Maintenance Project (CSMP). The 3M Department inspects each department twice per year and analyzes PMS performance data to monitor PMS effectiveness and to identify and resolve any potential problems.
The 3M Department tracks PQS qualification, proctors 3M qualification exams, develops the Lesson Topic Guides (LTGs) used by each work center as the basic foundation of the 3M training program and monitors the conduct and the amount of training with reports provided each month by departmental training Petty Officers. 3M Department maintains the Zone Inspection (ZIP) list, a listing of all compartments and the Department/Division responsible for the cleanliness, safety and material condition. The 3M department schedules command zone inspections, coordinates mustering zone inspector/recorders and distribution of zone packages, processes zone results and distributes zone reports. Although 3M is the ship's smallest department, its influence is felt ship wide.
The Medical Department cares for sick or injured personnel onboard and provides a variety of services. Medical utilizes an inpatient ward for the care of surgical patients and those requiring special nursing care. The Senior Medical Officer provides guidance to the Commanding Officer in the areas of shipwide sanitation, personal hygiene, radiation health, environmental and industrial health and aeromedical evacuations. One of the extended responsibilities of the department is training the crew in first and self aid, heat stress, sanitation and sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy awareness. Crewmembers can receive their basic CPR and CPR instructor qualifications through Medical.
Navigation Department is responsible for the skillful and safe navigation of the ship. Constant vigilance for ships and natural obstacles, and reliable visual communications with other vessels and shore stations keep the quartermasters and signalmen busy around the clock. Although one of the smallest departments onboard, its responsibilities are enormous. Throughout the strenuous work up cycles and the West-Pac/Arabian Gulf Deployments this department provides safe navigation over more than 50,000 nautical miles. Accuracy of navigation is paramount, especially in the Arabian Gulf during Southern Watch operations. This small group of Quartermasters and Signalmen utilize all known methods from star reading, flash signaling, to the most up-to-date instruments available to guide the ship anywhere in the world. Additionally, Navigation Department is responsible for setting the stage and ensuring traditional methods of military protocol are followed during all ceremonial events.
Operations department is responsible for the planning and coordination of all operations vital to the carrier's mission. As a result of the extensive variance in expertise required to accomplish its numerous tasks, Operations is divided into nine divisions which function in concert with other departments throughout the ship, the air wing, and embarked staff.
Air Operations is responsible for the positive control and safety of all aircraft during launch and recovery in the control zone surrounding the carrier.
Through coordination of specialized warfare modules and associated sensors, the Combat Direction Center tracks all air, surface and subsurface contacts, standing ready to direct the ship's defense systems and aircraft against real or simulated threats to the Battle Group.
The Intelligence Center supports this operation by providing timely information on current military/political events, development/interpretation of photographic reconnaissance, as well as briefing and debriefing of all air wing crews.
The Meteorological Office keeps the battle group informed of current and impending weather conditions by means of sensitive instruments, weather balloons and satellite information.
Strike Operations coordinates all long- and short-range planning for the ship including drafting of the daily air plan.
Public Affairs Department
The Public Affairs Department is the "PR" department for the ship. Some specific duties include: coordinating ship visits for distinguished visitors and public tours; serving as the official spokesperson for the ship to the media, managing 24 hour per day television and radio stations and publishing a weekly newspaper for the crew. Public Affairs recently installed a new television system that gives the ship more channels and higher quality internal television products, such as port briefs, shipboard training programs and the ship's broadcast news program. The system includes new satellite equipment that is designed to provide the crew with stateside programming while forward deployed overseas. Abraham Lincoln is the first carrier in the Navy to install this new satellite equipment which is called "DTS," Direct To Sailor satellite TV.
The mission of the Reactor Department is summed up in the words Power and Light. This department is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship's two A4W type pressurized water reactors and four steam driven main engines. Utilizing state of the art equipment, twin nuclear reactor plants and the top operators in the fleet, Reactor Department provides the means to propel the ship from the shores of the United States to any point in the world. Along the way, the department generates and regulates all electrical power utilized throughout the ship and provides the water necessary for washing aircraft, showers, laundry, cooking and many other daily tasks. Reactor Department is manned by a combination of nuclear and conventionally-trained Sailors from four ratings: Electrician's Mates; Electronic Technicians; Machinist's Mates; and Enginemen. Yeomen also serve within the department to maintain the paperwork necessary to run this 400 man department
The Safety Department consists of professionals committed to providing the safest environment possible. With a thorough understanding of the ship's many potential hazards and dangers to human life, the personnel in Safety provide training to all hands. The department maintains constant vigilance for any situation which may affect the crew's safety. They insure that the most up-to-date safety training programs and personal protective equipment are available. Among these are respirator protection, heat stress prevention, hearing conservation, sight conservation and many more. The staff of Safety Department often work shoulder-to-shoulder with others from several departments. During underway replenishments, Safety, Supply and Deck are teamed up to ensure the safe transfer of fuel and stores. Other occasions find Safety, Reactor and Engineering working together to ensure air conditioning provides safe climates. During flight operations, members of Safety are constantly on the flight deck working with Air Department and the Air Wing to ensure all safety standards are rigorously enforced.
With a total complement of 304 permanent and 430 temporary assigned personnel and over 800 spaces, the Supply Department is clearly one of the largest and most diverse departments aboard the carrier. Responsible for a multitude of logistic support responsibilities and services, the department is divided into two major branches and two direct support divisions.
The Logistics Branch (S-1, S-6 and S-8) is responsible for procuring, receiving, stowage, issue and accounting for 125,000 items of shipboard and aviation supplies and repair parts worth $254 million. In addition, they manage the ship's annual operating budget of $42 million.
The Service Branch (S-1, S-2M, S-3, S-4, S-5, S-11 and S-12) operate a full service laundry and dry cleaning facility, two barbershops, a disbursing office, a post office, two walk-in retail stores and five separate food service facilities producing over 18,000 meals daily. The Services Branch provides round-the-clock hotel service to the officers and crew seven days a week and annually generates more than $625,000 in profit for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fund.
The two supporting divisions, Automated Data Processing (S-7) and Quality Assurance (S-10), provide inter-departmental support, ensuring up-to-date, management information is available.
The Training Department supports ship-wide training requirements in a variety of ways.
The Indoctrination Division supervises the School of the Ship for newly reporting Sailors. Students in paygrades E4 and below attend a 15 day Junior Indoctrination course. Presentations in Junior Indoctrination include departmental briefs, Asset testing, Navy Rights and Responsibilities Seminar, First Term Success Workshop, Total Quality Leadership Fundamentals, as well as Basic Damage Control, Maintenance Person, Basic Life Support and First Aid. Senior Indoctrination is a six day course for E5 through LCDR. It includes departmental briefs, Navy Rights and Responsibilities Seminar and Career Information Training Course. Each indoctrination class also meets with the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Command Master Chief.
The Temporary Duty Orders Division (TEMADD) arranges for Sailors and officers to attend schools locally and across the country. This includes obtaining course quotas, and arranging transportation and lodging for Sailors selected for temporary duty training. Advanced Fire Fighting, Team Trainer and Navy Leadership are a few of the general training courses Sailors attend. Rate specific training courses include Valve Maintenance, Boat Coxswain, Flight Deck Crash and Salvage, Magazine Sprinkler Maintenance, Navigation Refresher and Tactical Engagement courses. Hometown Area Recruiting Program (HARP) duty and House Hunting orders are also processed by the TEMADD division for a total of over 2,000 orders written annually from this division of Training Department.The Learning Resource Center provides support for computer-based training and Academic Skills courses. A wide range of self-paced computer-based Program for Afloat College Education (PACE) courses are available using 10 multi-media computers. Five additional computers are used for professional training with the Shipboard Training Enhancement Program (STEP). Airman, Seaman and Fireman Apprenticeship Occupational Standards, Military Requirements Manuals and Carrier Flightdeck Indoctrination and Fire Fighting are just a few of the STEP courses available to sailors. About 1,000 sailors participate in these on board courses annually.
Weapons DepartmentWeapons Department consists of more than 275 men and women in ratings including: Aviation Maintenance Administrators (AZ); Aviation Ordnancemen (AO); Electrician's Mates (EM); EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technicians; Gunner's Mates (GM); Machinist's Mates (MM); Masters at Arms (MA); Torpedoman's Mates (TM); and Yeomen (YN) who are responsible for providing ordnance and support to Carrier Air Wing 14 squadrons. These 275 people are divided into six different divisions and an EOD detachment. Their various talents came into play during Operation Southern Watch as well, manning machine guns during the passage through the Straits of Hormuz to protect the ship from the potential floating mine and small boat threat.
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