The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is a civil service
mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military
Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybridmanned
warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to
support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of
military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics,
strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere
in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.
The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is the head of the
Communications Department and is responsible to the Master
for all operational, administrative and maintenance
functions of the Communications Department. Incumbent will
keep the Master informed of all capabilities, limitations
and conditions of assigned equipment in compliance with
current policies and instructions; and initiate actions to
correct all equipment deficiencies. Incumbent is
responsible for proper planning, managing, and executing of
all Communications Department evolutions and Communications
Department’s role in ship-wide functions. Incumbent will
manage the Command, Control, Communications, Computer (C4)
systems. Responsible for the proper operation, maintenance
and repair of electronic communications equipment/systems
onboard the ship.
Assigned as the ship’s Communications Local Element (LE)
custodian, incumbent is responsible for all centralized
distribution and accounting system designed to provide
appropriate safeguards for sensitive cryptographic
publications, messages, documents, keying material,
equipment and related devices.
Responsible for drafting instructions and implementing
plans for contingency communications. In addition,
responsible for drafting and implementing the EAP to
include destruction and safeguarding of crypto,
cryptographic equipment, classified documents and other
sensitive material. Schedule and conduct drills frequently
to ensure plans can be carried out as envisioned and
maintain proficiency of personnel.
Responsible for ensuring an aggressive Safety Program is
established and maintained in the Communications Department
in compliance with current policies and instructions.
Coordinate with the Electrical Safety Officer (Chief
Engineer) and establish a Tag-Out/Lock-out Program within
the Communications Department and ensure compliance with
applicable safety standards and procedures. Ensure BImonthly
Safety Meetings are conducted for his department
and submit written reports of such meeting to the Safety
Officer (Chief mate and Master) for review.
Tagged as: Unlicensed