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LPD-8 Landing Platform, Dock - Departments

Administration Division is responsible for:
  • Ensuring smooth personnel transfers by collecting and recording all pertinent information related to personnel assigned to the ship, including manning the ship with the necessary rated personnel.
  • Collecting and disseminating all official ship correspondence.
  • Maintaining updated service records for all enlisted personnel.
  • Preparing and maintaining records of all individual and ship awards.
  • Maintaining updated ship's instructions, notices, and other policies.
  • Ensuring smooth transitions for newly reported personnel, to include responsibilities for conducting indoctrination courses.
  • Printing and copying services for shipwide functions.
  • Maintaining good order and discipline, to include the legal paperwork involved in Captain's Mast and other UCMJ infractions.
  • Assisting the Executive Officer in publishing the ship's daily routine.

Air Department

Air Department's mission is to ensure the safe and professional launch, recovery, refueling, and defueling of military helicopters. Air Department is also tasked with the safe refueling of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCACs) and small boats.

Air Department is organized into three work centers:

  • VA-01 Aircraft Handlers (ABH): Responsible for launch, recovery, and maintenance of the flight deck, hangar, and portions of the catwalks.
  • IM-04 Support Equipment (AS): Responsible for the maintenance and operation of the flight deck ground support equipment and aviation weapon support equipment.
  • VF-01 Aviation Fuels (ABF): Responsible for the maintenance and operation of the JP-5 (F-44) and MOGAS fuel systems, including fueling and defueling all aircraft, boats, AAVs, LCUs, LCACs, and support equipment.

Combat Cargo Department

The ship's Combat Cargo Department is responsible for embarking and debarking the Landing Force from ship to shore by landing craft and helicopter. Combat Cargo maintains and coordinates all the ship's troop spaces and serves as the Commanding Officer's special advisors on all Landing Force issues.
Combat Cargo Department is lead by the Combat Cargo Officer (CCO) who is a U.S Marine Chief Warrant Officer. The Combat Cargo Assistant (CCA) is a U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant who assists the CCO in his or her duties.

Communications Department

"Keeping Communications Open"

Communications Department is divided into two work centers, OC01 (RADIO) and OC02 (ADP). Both work hand-in-hand in the daily operations of the ship's internal and external communications systems. OC01 maintains the external SATCOM, ship-to-ship, ship-to shore, ship-to-air communications suite and fleet message traffic. OC02 manages the operations of the internal information infrastructure that comprises the Classified and Unclassified Local Area Networks, as well as various other C4I systems.

Deck Department

The mission of USS DUBUQUE's Deck Department is to safely conduct topside and well deck evolutions at sea while encouraging the professional and personal development of Boatswain Mates and Deck Seamen.

First Division

The mission of First Division is to conduct mooring and anchoring evolutions, well deck operations, and various other deck department activities. Comprised of Boatswain Mates and non-rated seamen, First Division is responsible for the appearance of the ship's starboard side and the maintenance and preservation of the lower vehicle storage area, U.S. MARINE berthing spaces, the well deck, and the forecastle. During forecastle operations, First Division is responsible for the safe mooring of the ship, the release of the anchor, and the deployment of the ship's search and rescue swimmers. Amphibious Operations is one of the primary missions of USS DUBUQUE, and first division supports Amphibious Operations by controlling the well deck. Assorted amphibious assault and support vehicles can enter and exit the ship through her well deck, including Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs), Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCACs), Landing Craft Utility (LCUs), and Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRCs).

Second Division

Second Division aboard USS DUBUQUE is responsible for ship preservation, well deck operations, underway replenishment, the B&A Crane, and boat operations. The appearance of the port side of the ship, the Boat Deck, two 36 ft Personnel Landing Craft, a Rigid Hull inflatable Boat (RHIB), and the Upper Vehicle storage space are the pride of Second Division. Our two PL's and the RHIB are used in support of numerous USS DUBUQUE missions and emergency responses, including well deck operations, personal transfers, and man overboard recoveries. Second Division personnel also assist in the safe approach, recovery, and securing of vehicles and watercraft. Finally, during material on-loads, Second Division is responsible for the safe conduct of crane operations, the proper positioning of cargo, and the safe movement of fork trucks across the deck.

Engineering Department

"Where the Rubber Meets the Road"

Engineering's mission is to support USS DUBUQUE by keeping the Fires Burnin' and the Shafts Turnin', providing Engineering services and power throughout the ship. The Engineering team will strive to satisfy the crew quality of life at all times. Engineering must always strive to mentor and train Engineers to enhance their professional life in order to provide them with meaningful and rewarding carreer opportunities, promote and retain the best, and ensure fair and equitable treatment of all at all times.

"Mission First, Our Sailors Always"

The Snipes Lament

Now each of us from time to time, has gazed upon the sea And watched the warships pulling out, to keep this country free. And most of us have read a book, or heard a lusty tale, About the men who sail these ships, through lightning, wind and hail. But there's a place within each ship, that legend fails to teach. It's down below the waterline, it takes a living toll--- A hot metal living hell, that sailors call the "hole." It houses engines run by steam, that makes the shafts go round, A place of fire and noise and heat, that beats your spirit down, Are of molded gods without remorse, are nightmares in a dream. Whose threat that from the fires roar, is like living doubt, That any minute would with scorn, escape and crush you out. Where turbines scream like tortured souls, alone and lost in hell, As ordered from above somewhere, they answer every bell. The men who keep the fires lit, and make the engines run, Are strangers to the world of night, and rarely see the sun. They have no time for man or God, no tolerance for fear, Their aspect pays no living thing, the tribute of a tear. For there's not much that men can do, that these men haven't done, Beneath the decks deep in the hole, to make the engines run. And every hour of every day, they keep the watch in hell, For if the fires ever fail, their ship's a useless shell. When ships converge to have a war, upon the sea, The men below just grimly smile, at what their fate might be. They're locked in below like men for doomed, who hear no battle cry, It's well assumed that if they're hit, the men below will die. For every day's a war down there, when the gauges all read red, Six hundred pounds of heated steam, can kill you mighty dead. So if you ever write their sons, or try to tell their tale, The very words would make you hear, a fired furnace's wail. And people as a general rule, don't hear of men of steel, So little's heard about the place, that sailors call the "hole." But I can sing about this place, and try to make you see, The hardened life of men down there, cause one of them is me. I've seen these sweat soaked heroes fight, in superheated air, To keep their ship alive and right through no one knows they're there. And thus they'll fight for ages on, till warships sail no more Amid the boiler's mighty heat, and the turbines hellish roar. So when you see a ship pull out, to meet a warlike foe, Remember faintly if you can, "THE MEN WHO SAIL BELOW."

--Author unknown


Auxiliary Division

USS DUBUQUE's Auxiliary Division is made up of four work centers: EA01, EA03, EA05, and EA07. Auxiliary Division, or A-Gang as it is known to crewmembers onboard, carries the engineering load topside of the Main Spaces. Each work center has a particular area of expertise; hydraulics (EA01), ballast system (EA01), steam and heat (EA03), A/C & R (EA05), and diesel repair (EA07). A-Gang maintains the equipment that provides services to the crew and that are vital to the ship's mission. Machinist Mates and Enginemen come together to make up A-Gang.

Electrical Division

"E" Division sailors operate, maintain and repair all shipboard electrical and interior communication equipment (such as telephones, powered circuits, and a cable TV system). E-Division is made up of Electrician Mates and Interior Communicationmen. Their primary job is to generate and distribute electrical power throughout the ship both in port and while underway. In addition, the Electrical Division, along with Repair and Auxiliary Divisions, is also a ship's "customer service" division. That means that the division provides facilities and services throughout the ship to maintain the ship's habitability, quality of life, and operability in addition to supporting their fellow engineers. Some of the services E-Division provides are lighting, ventilation, telephones, and the ship's general announcing system. Electrical Division is an integral part of the ship's company.

Repair Division

The Repair Division remains one of the most versatile work centers onboard. R Division encompasses the Damage Controlman, Hull Technician, and Machinery Repairman ratings, with each having similar, yet uniquely separate job specifications. Shipboard systems that require welding, torch cutting, metal fabrications, or engravings will be done by R Division personnel. A Hull Technician's primary function is the maintenance and repair of the ship's structure, main propulsion plant systems, auxiliary equipment, ship's fire main, galley equipment, and the plumbing systems for every crew head onboard. The division's supervisors have specialized skills in high pressure welding. Additionally, R Division personnel are primary members of the ship's repair party organization and are proficient in all aspects of shipboard damage control including firefighting, stability, and defense against chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare. Damage Controlmen are responsible for training the ship's repair parties and for maintaining all firefighting equipment onboard. Machinery Repairmen are responsible for fabricating parts for the ship, as well as all engraving jobs.

P-1 and P-2 Divisions

The Machinist Mates that make up the two propulsion divisions onboard work in one of the two main machinery rooms. They deal directly with the main engines, ship service turbine generators, distilling plants, boilers, and numerous pumps and condensers through out each MMR. The Hole Snipes that man these spaces are directly responsible for providing electricity, fresh water for quality of life, and the propulsion of the ship. These sailors are deemed the hardest working onboard and tasked the greatest of responsibilities. If the Snipe ain't Groovin', The Ship ain't Movin'!

Medical and Dental Department

Dental Department

The dental department's primary mission is to ensure USS DUBUQUE and all of her sailors and embarked personnel are not hindered in accomplishing their assigned mission due to dental/oral health issues. This goal is accomplished by providing a high level of preventive, comprehensive, and emergency dental treatment. One Dental Officer and three Dental Technicians staff the dental department. The staff is highly trained to provide a wide range of dental treatments, from basic exams to emergency trauma care. The Dental Department takes pride in providing quality dental care to the men and women of the United States Navy and the Marine Corps.

Medical Department

The mission of the medical department is to promote, maintain, and preserve the health of the crew aboard ship. The discharge of this responsibility is affected by contingency planning, delivery of preventive medicine, delivery of primary medical care, maintenance of medical department spaces and equipment, and completion of associated administrative requirements. Medical department members advise the Commanding Officer on how best to accomplish the medical mission in relation to the command's overall mission. The medical department also advises all departments on matters that may affect the health and readiness of all personnel.

Operations Department

OE Division - "The Backbone of Electronics"

OE Division is divided into two work centers, OE02 and CSE01. Both are highly integrated within the Operations department. OE01 (Operations Electronic) maintains all Navigation, Cryptographic, and Radar equipment onboard. CSE01 (Communications Systems Electronic) maintains the Communication equipment onboard. OE mans and supports the Damage Control Locker Repair 8.

OI Division - "In God We Trust, All Others We Track."

OI Division is responsible for the daily operations of the Combat Information Center (CIC). Their primary duties are to gather, process, display, evaluate, and disseminate all information to provide an accurate tactical picture for DUBUQUE through the use of C4I systems and ships lookouts. Always manned and ever ready, they are responsible for the safety of the ship from enemy combatants through some of the busiest passages on Earth.

OT Division - "Crypto Techs"

The OT Division monitors Air, Surface, and Subsurface Warfare Areas. They operate and maintain the Anti-Ship Missile Defense and Electronic Support system (SLQ-32), the Nixie Torpedo Countermeasure System (SLQ-25), and the CHAFF Launching System (MK-36 DLS).

CG/CF Division - "Weapons"

CG03 is responsible for safely maintaining, operating, and instructing the crew in the usage of all small arms and crew served weapons onboard. CF04 operates and maintains the MK-15 Vulcan/Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS). Together they keep the ship ready to respond efficiently and effectively to counter any offensive or defensive posture. Weapons is also responsible for the safeguarding of the ship's armory.

NN Division - "Navigation"

NN01's responsibilities include:
  • Fix the ship's position and provide accurate navigational recommendations during restricted water, piloting, coastal, and open ocean transits.
  • Chart preparation and updates to aid the ship in making safe transits.
  • Navigation briefs for all watch-standers involved in restricted water tranists in and out of port.
  • Collecting, collating, and disseminating weather information to all divisions during U/W tranists.
  • Filing various official logs and records, including the ship's deck logs, bridge-to-bridge log, degaussing folder, and OOD binder, as well as updating and maintaining a file of all the used checklists for various ship-wide evolutions.

Supply Department

The Supply Department has a variety of diverse jobs, which combine to efficiently carry out the ship's mission. No other department has a more direct bearing on crew morale through the wide range of services it performs. For example, the Food Service division continually strives to improve the crew's meals and also hosts special events that range from flight deck picnics to re-enlistment cakes. Postal Division receives and delivers mail wherever the ship is throughout the world, keeping sailors in touch with friends and loved ones. The main task of the Services division is to support the crew. Their duties range from offering a variety of merchandise in the ship's store and vending machines, to running the barber shop and laundry facilities. The Disbursing division continues to extend the department's efficiency while handling pay and offering additional services such as allotments and ATM's. Finally, Stock Control is the ship's financial controllers; the division tracks and distributes an annual budget of two million dollars as well as provides continual support in supplying parts throughout the ship for maintenance and repair.

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