The operations department onboard Lake Erie, led by the Operations Officer, is in charge of the overall operation of the ship. Among other things, the Operations Department handles exterior communications, ship preservation, signal exploitation, combat information, and shipwide training. The department consists of Boatswain's Mates (OD Division), Operations Specialists (OI Division), and Cryptologic Technicians (OT Division).
Information Systems Technician
- CC division is responsible for the command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) systems and equipment. They use state-of-the-art multimedia technology such as fiber optics, digital microwave, and satellites on a global basis and work with telecommunications equipment, computers, and associated peripheral devices.
- OD division conducts marlinespike, deck, and boat seamanship; ensures proper upkeep of the ship's external structure, rigging, deck equipment, and boats. Excecutes topside evolutions including helicopter operations and replenishment at sea.
- OI Division operates radar, navigation, and communications equipment in a ship's combat information center (CIC) or on the bridge. They detect and track ships, planes, and missles. They operate and maintain IFF (identification friend or foe) systems, ECM (electronic countermeasures) equipment, and radiotelephones. OS's also work with search-and-rescue teams.
- Depending on their special career area, CTs control access to classified material, translate foriegn-language transmissions, operate radio direction-finding equipment, employ electronic countermeasures and install, service, and repair special electronic and electromechanical equipment. CTs require special security clearances.