The Combat Department
The function of HALIFAX’s Combat Department is to maintain a state of operational readiness and fighting efficiency which will enable the ship to execute any assigned mission successfully. The Combat Department is comprised of four separate sections working closely together to execute this function:
Naval Electronic Sensor Operators (NES OPs)
The NES OPs onboard HALIFAX are the surface and air warfare experts. They are responsible for operating the Radar & Radio detection devices, Radar Jamming Systems and Decoys, and gun/ missile-firing equipment. As members of the ship’s Combat Team, they aid in detecting, locating and identifying friendly and enemy submarines, ships and aircraft. They also aid in the engagement of the enemy and in the defence of their own ship from threats. Last but not least, the NESOPs take a lead role in the ships intelligence team. In this capacity they are directly responsible to the Commanding Officer for ensuring they are kept up to date on all worldly and military affairs by providing them with briefs about other countries and their capabilities and gathering information on our current operating areas.
Sonar Operators (Sonar OPs)
The Sonar Ops are responsible for the operation of active and passive acoustic equipment, communication equipment, noise monitoring, recording and bathythermograph equipment, and acoustic range prediction systems. As an integral member of HALIFAX’s Operations Team, the Sonar Ops search for, detect, track, localize, classify, correlate and disseminate acoustic information. Another key duties of the Sonar Ops is to gather, evaluate and present oceanographic data to the Command Team. As part of the ship’s intelligence gathering team, the Sonar Ops also compile and analyze acoustic intelligence information.
Naval Combat Information Operators (NCI OPs)
HALIFAX’s NCI OPs are responsible for the operation of all shipboard surveillance radars and associated equipment. NCIOPs assist and advise the ship’s Command in Navigation (Anti-Collision), Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), utilizing data obtained from passive and active systems. They also configure and operate the Combat Control System (CCS), ships radars, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) feature, C4I systems, multi data Links, Global Command and Control System, information processing systems, Shipborne Integrated Communication (SHINCOM) equipment and related sub-systems.
Naval Communicators (NAV COMMs)
The NAV COMMs are trained in all areas of naval communications, including radio teletype, computer networking, satellite, tactical voice and visual communications. They provide real-time tactical information by voice radio, inter-ship radio teletype and visual signalling. They also operate and manage a variety of sophisticated systems including classified and unclassified computer networks, a computer-based message processing network, radio communication control systems, as well as cryptographic and satellite equipment.