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COMMANDING OFFICER United States Navy Regulations states the various broad responsibilities of the commanding officer (CO). These regulations require the commanding officer to maintain his/her command in a state of maximum effectiveness for war. They also require that he/she repair as much damage as possible immediately after a battle or action. To carry out this charge, the CO must ensure that the ship’s  officers  and  crew  are  trained  and  continually exercised in all aspects of survivability. The CO should be  fully  aware  of  the  adequacy  and  operability  of  all survivability  systems  and  equipment.  Shortages  and deficiencies must not be tolerated, and they should be immediately rectified (fixed) or reported as casualties in the ready reporting system. EXECUTIVE OFFICER The  executive  officer  (XO)  keeps  the  command informed of the ship’s survivability readiness. The XO carries  out  the  requirements  regarding  the  ship’s survivability  training,  the  readiness  to  manage casualties, and the readiness to control and recover from damage. As the team leader, the XO is the senior person assigned to the damage control training team (DCTT). The  DCTT  is  responsible  for  all  shipboard  drills  and exercises in the area of damage control. DAMAGE CONTROL TRAINING TEAM Each ship has a DCTT. The DCTT trains the ship’s DC organization in ship equipment, ship systems, and procedures  and  techniques  relating  to  the  ship’s survivability. The DCTT is organized to train all types of DC-related exercises. The DCTT evaluates and critiques the DC team’s abilities as well as their own. The team is made up of a variety of ratings, which provides the ship with a wide range of experience. All team members are qualified, as a minimum, to at least the level of personnel they are training and/or evaluating. ENGINEER OFFICER The  engineer  officer  is  designated  as  the  ship’s damage control officer. The ship’s engineer officer fills the  billet  as  the  department  head  of  the  engineering department, and the DC division is one of the divisions in  that  department.  The  engineer  officer  has  the following responsibilities: The  operation,  care,  and  maintenance  of  the main propulsion plant, auxiliary machinery, and piping systems The control of damage The operation and maintenance of electric power and distribution systems Repairs to the hull Repairs  to  material  and  equipment  in  other departments  that  require  the  attention  of engineering department Also  the  damage  control  officer  (DCO),  the engineer officer reviews all administrative items drafted by  the  DCA  and  DCA  personnel.  This  is  a  primary administrative duty that occurs before items are routed to the CO for approval. DAMAGE CONTROL ASSISTANT (DCA) The  DCA  is  the  primary  assistant  to  the  damage control  officer  in  the  areas  of  damage  control; firefighting; and chemical, biological, and radiological defense. For the purpose of administrative organization, the  DCA  is  in  charge  of  many  programs  relating  to damage   control   on   the   ship   and   monitors   the effectiveness of other programs. The   DCA   is   responsible   for   the   overall administration   and   training   of   the   ship’s   DC organization.  Under  the  guidance  of  the  DCA, individual departments and divisions are responsible for administration and training as related to damage control for  their  personnel.  All  ships  afloat  must  meet  the minimum  prescribed  formal  training  requirements  to include training for the following personnel: 12-3 Student Notes:

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