The Deck Department is charged
with the most traditional of nautical responsibilities. Enlisted Boatswain’s
Mates (BM) maintain the exterior of the ship’s surfaces, anchor and moor the
ship, man the rescue and assistance lifeboats, and monitor underway
replenishment. From the First Lieutenant, to the newest deck seaman, Deck Department
is the watchful eye that looks out during the night, the skilled helmsmen that
steers the crew through the seas, and the voice that informs and alerts the
crew of any and all of the events during the days at sea.