Star Force Ship Organization
Star Force ships will of course vary in size and function. Most however, have similar organizational structures. Individual ships may incorporate different organizational structures. In the navy a ship is viewed as an element the same as a soldier within the army. However, it is in itself a unit consisting of many sailors. Hence, the crew duties are organized like most other form of units.
- The captain is the commanding officer of the ship. His is responsible for the ship and its crew. Depending on the rank of the captain he can request and appoint at least one officer from the Star Force for his ship's crew.
- He has a duty is to keep watch over the strategic situation of the ship.
- Like all Abh starship chairs there are connectors for the Abh alpha on the sides of the chair's head cushion.
- On small Abh ships the captain's chair can serve for flying the ship. For this function a control glove is typically built into the left arm rest. If the ship is armed, the main weapon can be aimed and fired by the captain. For this function a control lever is built into the right arm rest.
- A standard transparent control screen and control station is built into the floor in front of the captain's chair. The station is usually folded and stored in the floor but can be automatically appear when needed.
- The captain's chair is usually raised a bit above the floor. Therefore it features a feet rest plate.
- Executive Officer (XO)
- The executive officer is the representative of the crew. He may take command of the ship when the captain is not aboard. His duty is being an assistant to the captain and to give advices. His is also responsible for crew or personnel matters.
- He has a duty is to keep watch over the tactical situation of the ship.
- On small Abh ships the XO also serves as the navigator or flyer.
- Depending on the ship class the XO may or may not have a dedicated station on the bridge. At minimum his station is build the same as that of the captain's.
- He is responsible for keeping watch over the safety locks on the main weapons.
- Navigator, also called flyer. As all Abh officers start out as flyers, the term has become generally used to address all naval officers.
- On Abh ships the navigator flies the ship.
- His responsibility to correctly navigate the ship to its destination, hence, he has to confirm the ships position and its navigation or way points.
- On small Abh ships his duties combines that of several officers aboard larger ships. He is responsible for the use of the space-time bubble.
On smaller ships this is part of the Flying Department.
- Tactical Officer
- On large ships he is responsible for targeting and coordinating weapons usage.
- He is responsible for the use of the weapon(s) aboard the ship. A gunner usually control and fires a certain weapon, mostly defensive weapons. Higher ranking gunners control and fire the larger weapons.
- On small Abh ships his duties combines that of several officers aboard larger ships. It usually combines with the communication officer.
- On large ships he has a dedicated weapons station for a certain weapon. On small Abh ships it's usually a standard configurable station.
- For a configurable station a weapons control stick is built into the right arm rest. It is usually recessed for safety.
- Usually the gunner monitors his weapon system during watch duty and organizing maintenance, cleaning, and entertainment afterwards.
On smaller ships this is part of the Flying Department.
- Communication Officer
- He is responsible for monitoring and relying communication. He is responsible for the correct transmission, reception, and forwarding of information.
- On small Abh ships his duties combines that of several officers aboard larger ships. It usually combines with the weapons officer.
- Chief Engineer/Inspector
- The chief engineer is responsible for keeping the ship in "working condition".
- On Abh ships he represents the non-Abh crew as most of these crew members are part of this department.
- He is responsible for monitoring the main systems aboard a ship.
The administrative department is responsible for keeping the ship "operational". It's responsible for the health of the crew, provisions and supplies, spare parts, and entertainment.
- Secretary/ship's clerk/supply officer
- On large ships the different duties may be delegated to several officers.
- He is responsible for the health of the crew, hence, he monitors the damage to the ship and its crew. He is responsible for keeping the ship habitable, hence, he monitors the air pressure and closes off damage sections.
- Usually only large ships have doctors.
- field medic/nurse
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As the Abh used to be living on ships their work time supposedly was no different to civilian life on Earth in the past. It is reasonable to assume some of this has found its way into the working schedule and organization of the modern Star force ship. As ships crew no longer consist of families things may have shifted more toward more practical systems. On a starship night time doesn't hold the same military value as on a planet. It's always night in space! With advanced sensors surprise attacks are less likely, too. It's less important to have all the people on duty at the critical hour of the night. There are no weekends or holidays on military ships!
Abh ships are designed to be flown by a pure Abh. This fact sets the minimum manning requirement for the smallest ship to three Abh officers. Even though, Abh ships can be flown by their advanced computer AI a crew member is still required for monitoring. This gives some leeway in planning the duty schedule.
On ships with a large crew there is a clear division of the crew into teams and probably for 3 sections. This system has the advantages of being is consistent team and time wise. With many officers available the officer of the watch is assigned flexibly among them. On ships with a small crew there is no clear cut division into teams. Crew members and officers of the watch have overlapping working hours to ensure there are enough people on the watch for all important duties. With limited bridge officers available the officer of the watch are all the top ranking officers. It also means watch time will have to be overlapping to have enough people on duty and everyone must be flexible.