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Deck Department

The mission of USS DUBUQUE's Deck Department is to safely conduct topside and well deck evolutions at sea while encouraging the professional and personal development of Boatswain Mates and Deck Seamen.

First Division

The mission of First Division is to conduct mooring and anchoring evolutions, well deck operations, and various other deck department activities. Comprised of Boatswain Mates and non-rated seamen, First Division is responsible for the appearance of the ship’s starboard side and the maintenance and preservation of the lower vehicle storage area, U.S. MARINE berthing spaces, the well deck, and the forecastle. During forecastle operations, First Division is responsible for the safe mooring of the ship, the release of the anchor, and the deployment of the ship's search and rescue swimmers. Amphibious Operations is one of the primary missions of USS DUBUQUE, and first division supports Amphibious Operations by controlling the well deck. Assorted amphibious assault and support vehicles can enter and exit the ship through her well deck, including Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs), Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCACs), Landing Craft Utility (LCUs), and Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRCs).

Second Division

Second Division aboard USS DUBUQUE is responsible for ship preservation, well deck operations, underway replenishment, the B&A Crane, and boat operations. The appearance of the port side of the ship, the Boat Deck, two 36 ft Personnel Landing Craft, a Rigid Hull inflatable Boat (RHIB), and the Upper Vehicle storage space are the pride of Second Division. Our two PL's and the RHIB are used in support of numerous USS DUBUQUE missions and emergency responses, including well deck operations, personal transfers, and man overboard recoveries. Second Division personnel also assist in the safe approach, recovery, and securing of vehicles and watercraft. Finally, during material on-loads, Second Division is responsible for the safe conduct of crane operations, the proper positioning of cargo, and the safe movement of fork trucks across the deck.