that I forgot the note. Tried to do too many things at once.
When I was on my last ship, the watch I stood for nearly all my time on
board was Combat Systems Officer of the Watch (abbreviated CSOOW). Every
time I move to a new ship, I have to requalify because I need to learn the
new ship's systems.
The CSOOW is basically responsible for knowing the status of the entire
combat systems suite--communications, radars, fire control, computers,
weapons systems, and just about everything else. The CSOOW coordinates
casualty control efforts, works with other departments on the ship for
things the combat system needs like power, cooling water, and even
replacement parts. CSOOW also coordinates preventive maintenance--the
routine checks we do on equipment to make sure it's functioning within its
specifications. And the easiest way for a CSOOW to get yelled at is when he
forgets to tell the upper chain of command when there's a significant change
in equipment status.
I'd wanted to define the job with the note, so there it is.
Here, there are a lot fewer systems to keep track of, but in some ways, that
makes all of them even more essential.
So there's the note.