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.​