The example division organizational chart (fig.
5-4) shows the relationship of the senior section
leader and section leader within the division.
As a senior petty officer, one of the duties you
are in line for is the officer of the deck and the
organizational relationship with other members
of the watch team. It is important that you know
how to prepare for the watch, set it, and relieve it.
Also, you should know the correct procedure
for keeping the deck log, as it is a chronological
record of all events occurring during your watch.
You should know the different types of
restraint in the event a member of your command
is apprehended and returned.
You should also know what to do if someone
seeks asylum or temporary refuge aboard your
ship or station. The information given in this
chapter should give you an excellent foundation
for standing the OOD watch.
Security, as well as safety, is the responsibility
of all hands. Increased awareness of all aspects
of security should be added to your list of
responsibilities as a senior petty officer. Your
ships visitors bill provides you with information
on general visiting, how to handle visitors with
and without clearances, and what to do if an
unauthorized visitor attempts to board your ship.
You should also know what watches are required
in U.S. and foreign ports.
Another responsibility of a senior petty officer
is the senior section leader and section leader. You
were introduced to both of these important duties.
Remember, no matter what duties you are
assigned as a senior petty officer, dedication,
pride, and professionalism are what being a petty
officer is all about.
Department of the Navy Information and
Personnel Security Program Regulation,
OPNAVINST 5510.1H, Office of the Chief
of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.,
Manual for Courts-Martial United States, 1984,
Office of the Secretary of Defense,
Washington, D.C., 1984.
Figure 5-4.Example of division organizational chart.