Virtual tour of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D

VIRTUAL TOUR OF USS-ENTERPRISE 1701-D

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Commanding officer ] [ Executive officer ] [ Second officer ] [ Conn ] [ Operations manager ] [ Tactical ] [ Engineering ] [ Science ] [ Security ] [ Medical ] [ Counseling ] [ Other locations ]

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Commanding Officer/Captain

The Captain of the Starship (CO) is the final authority on board. All Department Chiefs report and answer to him/her. Charged with the lives and safety of the ship and crew, all decisions made by the CO are passed down to his command staff, who in turn execute his/her orders or delegate to their staff to have them carried out. Because of the importance of this position, the CO of a Starship rarely will lead an away team on exploration missions where there is the possibility of danger.

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Executive Officer/First Officer

The Executive Officer (XO) is the Commanding officer's 'right hand' person. (S)he is responsible for seeing that the CO's orders are carried out. The Executive, or First Officer, as the post is sometimes refereed to, reports directly to the CO. (S)he is granted with full command authority. All Department Chiefs follow the XO's commands as if the Captain had given them. The XO is also in command of all away teams (AT), usually leading these assignments personally.

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Second Officer

The Second Officer assumes the ship board responsibilities of the XO when (s)he is not capable of doing so, because of an Away Team mission, or other special assignments made by the CO. This officer is refereed to as the CO's 'left hand' person. This job usually serves as a stepping stone to the XO position. It is by nature a 'part time' assignment. The crewman that holds the position as Second Officer always holds another office in one of the other Starship departments.

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Helm/Conn

Conn is responsible for maneuvering the Starship at all times. Although most maneuvering systems are automated, an officer is still required to provide minor course adjustments, input destinations and plot courses, provide manual override and tactical maneuvers during threat situations, verify position, and provide supervision of automatic operations. During impulse powered flight, Helm is responsible for monitoring relativistic and inertial dampening effects.

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OPS

Operations Management (OPS) coordinates all ship systems to ensure optimal overall performance. Many shipboard operations require scheduling appropriate resources, hardware, and power. Such scheduling and allocations often have ramifications for several departments. The OPS manager is provided with continuous updates of all relevant ship operations and power/resource allocation, and is responsible for resolving any and all conflicts that may arise. OPS is capable of interfacing with Tactical and Engineering during crisis situations in order to optimize power allocation to systems that require it. Furthermore, OPS is responsible for coordinating all away team missions and providing them with specific mission objective information and resources. Finally, OPS is responsible for ensuring maintenance of all life support systems. In addition to the fore OPS station, the OPS manager also has access to Environment and Mission OPS stations located at the rear of the bridge.

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Tactical

The Tactical Department is responsible for managing all aspects of the Starship's defensive and offensive systems and capabilities. The ship's Chief Tactical Officer is charged with performance of operations in a variety of difficult circumstances, from dealing with strange celestial objects that pose a threat to the ship, to providing strategic defense during ship-to-ship combat. Tactical defense responsibilities include coordination of phasers and photon torpedoes, tractor beam devices, and ship-to-ship communications. Tactical is also capable of interfacing with Helm and OPS to provide optimal maneuvering and power allocation during Threat situations.

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Engineering

Engineering coordinates power allocation to all ship systems, and is responsible for the maintenance of the ship's warp and impulse engines. Although Main Engineering is located in the lower decks of the ship, there is an Engineering station on the bridge that allows the Chief Engineer or other ship engineers to monitor and adjust engineering systems directly from the bridge. This is especially useful during crisis situations, when rapid re-allocation of power may be necessary. The Starship's warp drive, which provides the majority of power for the rest of the ship's systems, is powered by an improved matter/anti-matter reaction assembly. The Chief Engineer oversees a staff of several other Engineers.

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Science

The Science Department coordinates all aspects of the Starship's data-gathering systems. The Department is coordinated by the Chief Science Officer and his/her assistants on the Main Bridge through the use of the Science I and Science II aft stations. Science provides access to sensors and other software for mission and command intelligence requirements, and is able to reconfigure and recalibrate sensors for specific mission requirements. It acts as a command post for coordination of various science laboratories located throughout the ship.

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Security

Security is responsible for the internal security of the Starship and it's crew. Security entails providing oversight of basic crew safety, providing special security during cultural and diplomatic missions, providing security for ambassadors and aides, protecting other ship visitors, as well as providing high-level counterintelligence measures designed to prevent terrorist penetration and sabotage. The Chief of Security supervises a staff of Security officers.

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Medical

The Medical Department aboard the Starship provides health care to the ship's crew and visitors, and provides medical solutions to a wide variety of problems encountered during missions. The Department consists of several intensive care wards, a laboratory, the Chief Medical Officer's office, surgery suites, therapy facilities, biobeds, a surgical support frame. The Chief Medical officer aboard oversees the entire Medical Department and coordinates a staff of several medical assistants.

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Counseling

The Counseling Department is responsible for maintaining the ship's mental and emotional health. One Counselor also serves as a personal advisor to the Commanding Officer, assisting him/her in evaluating new and unusual individuals or situations. The Chief Counselor's position is always filled by someone with extensive knowledge of psychology, and is often telepathic.

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Other Ship Locations Graphic
The Bridge
Executive Staff Conference Room
Captain's Ready Room
Transporter Room
Cargo Bay
Shuttle Bay
Jefferies Tubes
Mess Hall
Ten Forward Lounge
Holodeck Suite

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