The Weapons Department, led by the Weapons Officer, is in charge of the maintenance and preservation of all combat systems equipment and all peripheral equipment involved in supporting our ship's ability for sustained combat related operations abroad. LAKE ERIE'S Vertical Launching System, Mk-54 5" gun, hull-mounted sonar, torpedo tubes, Standard missile-2s and -3s, and Tomahawk missiles are just examples of the items included in the department's area of responsibility. The department consisits of Fire Controlmen (CG and CM Divisions), Sonar Technicans (CA Division), Gunner's Mates (CG Division), and Torpedomen (CA Division).
- STs operate sonar and other oceanographic systems. They manipulate, control, evaluate, and interpret data for surface and submarine operations. STs coordinate submarine and auxillary sonar and underwater firecontrol interface, operate surface-ship underwater fire-control systems and associated equipment for the solution of antisubmarine ware problems, and perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on their respective sonar and allied equipment.
Fire Controlman and Gunner's Mates
- FCs maintain the control mechanism used in weapons systems on combat ships. GMs operate and maintain all gunnery equipment, guided missile launching systems, rocket launchers, guns, gun mounts, turrets, projectors, and associated equipment.
- GMs operate and maintain all gunnery equipment, guided missile launching systems, rocket launchers, guns, gun mounts, turrets, projectors, and associated equipment.
- FCs maintain the control mechanism used in weapons systems on combat ships. Complex electronic, electrical, and hydraulic equipment is required to ensure the accuracy of guided-missle and surface gunfire control systems. FCs are responsible for the operation, routine care, and repair of this equipment, which includes radars, computers, weapons-direction equipment, target-designation systems, gyroscopes, and rangefinders.