Tiger-A HCO Department
The Helm, Communications, and Operations (HCO) Department of the USS Tiger-A is tasked with performing many of the daily shipboard functions and procedures necessary to operate the Tiger smoothly.
See also: Helm (Duty Post)
The helmsman (or flight controller, Conn for short) is a bridge officer broadly responsible for all flight and navigation operations of the starship. Many helmsmen function as HCO officers, capable of taking on the responsibilities of the communications and operations posts. Some helmsmen, particularly those trained as fighter pilots, remain exclusively dedicated to this post. In such cases, these officers are considered part of the command division and wear red.
Though operations and tactical officers are now cross-trained in communications protocols, specialized communications officers can offer additional resources for a mission from their extensive training in translation and xenolinguistics.
See also: Ops (Duty Post)
Essentially, the Operations monitors and controls the use of all ship systems not ostensibly involved with propulsion, navigation, or combat. Many shipboard operations involve scheduling resources or hardware (such as power or the use of sensors) that affect a number of departments. In many such cases, it is common for various operations to present conflicting requirements. It is the responsibility of the Operations Management Officer (normally referred to as the Operations Manager or Ops) to coordinate such activities so that mission goals are not jeopardized. Having a crew member in this decision-making loop is or crucial importance because of the wide range of unpredictable situations with which a starship must deal.
Away Team Procedure
The Operations Officer on the Tiger Away Team has the following responsibilities -
- Mission Objectives: Outlining the objectives for the mission to all personnel. Keeping a record of these while on the Away Team is also a good idea. Coordination with Mission Ops for assignment of comm relay frequencies and preparations to monitor Away Team tricorder telemetry.
- Replacements: When Away Team personnel are drawn from operational departments, Ops will sometimes coordinate to provide cross-trained replacement personnel from other departments.
- Equipment: Notification for issuance of tricorders, phasers, environmental gear, and other mission specific equipment.
- Multi-Vector Assault Mode: The Operations Officer can be called up to Captain one section of the vessel once it has broken apart.
- Deck 2, Dorsal Module
The Ops panels present the Operations Manager with a continually updated list of current major shipboard activities. This list permits Ops to set priorities and allocate resources among current operations. This is especially critical in cases where two or more requests require the use of the same equipment, entail mutually exclusive mission profiles, or involve some unusual safety or tactical considerations.
On board the Tiger-A, the Operations Officer is in charge of the operations of the vessel as well as taking into account the various other departments' operational issues. Departments divert their status through the the Operations Office through LCARS, then the Operations Offer can be updated of the shipwide situation at all times. On the Tiger it is important for the Operations Officer to have a 360o view of what is happening all over the ship.
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