The battle organization is designed to assign personnel with certain qualifications to specific tasks within a ship, for all conditions of readiness anticipated.

  • Command and ship control. Command Control is exercised by the CO at his or her battle station. From this station, the CO directs the ship's course of action in battle by exercising control over all the primary battle control stations. The CO’s main responsibilities are to inform primary battle control officers of his or her objectives and to render decisions in matters having major influence on combat effectiveness. Ship Control is under the immediate direction of the Officer of the Deck (OOD) who is located on the bridge. The main functions of ship control are conning (controlling ship’s direction and speed), maintaining operational control, and keeping other stations informed of the current situation.
  • Operations control. Assists command control in planning the correct course of action and assists command and key battle control officers in executing that plan. Operations control is collectively applied to those activities under the cognizance of the ship's Operations Officer.
  • Weapons control. Provides centralized coordination and monitoring of missile systems and gun batteries.
  • Engineering control. Supervises control of the main propulsion and auxiliary equipment. It is located in the Engineering Officer's battle station that is located in a central control station.
  • Damage control. Is responsible for maintaining an up-to-the-minute picture of sustained damage, repair party action, etc. It is located in a central control station. It is very important when ship is at General Quarters (GQ) since lots of quick decisions must be made during this time.
  • Primary flight control. Consists of the control of shipboard aircraft handling and operations incidental to launching and recovery of aircraft. During flight operations, the Air Officer is responsible for these operations as well as the visual traffic control related to these functions. Since movement of aircraft affects the balance of the ship, Primary Flight Control coordinates with the Chief Engineer for the transfer fuel between tanks to balance the ship).
  • Mine countermeasures control. A collective term applied to all minesweeping and mine-hunting functions that are within a ship's capability to perform. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) personnel assist the command in disarming and disposing of explosive materials.
  • Debarkation control. Controls the entry and exit of personnel from designated stations. 


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