The Operations Department is led by the Operations Officer and aided by three Principle Assistants (the Combat Direction Center Officer, Air Operations Officer, and the Strike Operations Officer) to run its diverse facets. 

The Operations Department is responsible for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of combat and operational information required for the assigned missions of the ship.  Additionally,  they coordinate, schedule and de-conflict all matters concerning the internal and external operations of the ship and designated airborne aircraft.  It is comprised of three divisions: Operations Intelligence (OI), Operations Controllers (OC), and Operation Maintainers (OM) and are made up of the following rates: Operations Specialists, Air Traffic Controllers and Sonar Technicians (Surface).