accomplished when DC fittings and equipment
aboard ship are available and in proper working order
to combat any emergency. Aboard ship, there is a
damage control petty officer (DCPO) for each
department or division. The DCPO makes sure that all
emergency equipment and fittings are maintained and
work properly. The DCPO also maintains the
compartment checkoff list.
Each ship has a specified number of damage control
lockers with a repair party assigned. Repair parties and
repair locker personnel, along with the DCPOs, receive
periodic training so they can perform their assigned
duties. The engineer officer is responsible for
maintaining properly trained DCPOs, repair parties,
and repair locker personnel. Under the engineer officer,
the DCA coordinates the efforts of the repair parties to
control damage. Also, the DCA oversees all DC
training. When properly maintained, the administrative
organization reduces and confines any initial damage.
The survivability of a ship depends on the level of
preparedness of its personnel. The condition of the
equipment, shipboard systems, and the amount of
training are factors that affect the ships survivability.
Ships bills, records and schedules for maintenance,
written doctrine, and procedures relating to damage
control are all part of the administrative organization of
For the list of responsibilities for various ships
personnel, refer to OPNAVINST 3120.32, or ask your
LPO or LCPO.
CHIEF / SENIOR / MASTER
DC DIVISION PERSONNEL
DAMAGE CONTROL OFFICER
Figure 12-1.Administration organization chain of command.