Each sailor has a primary job that they are responsible for, known as their trade or career. Some sailors are trained to lead, some administrate, some fix equipment and others are proficient at using it. Having over 250 sailors with such a wide diversity in training means there is a need to place them in a structure that can employ them efficiently.
This is accomplished by dividing the ship’s company into groups that have similar training and skills. These groups are known as departments and there are six different departments in PRESERVER. There is the Combat Department, Combat Systems Engineering (CSE) Department, Deck Department, Executive Department, Maritime Systems Engineering (MSE) Department, Cargo Management Department and the Supply Department.
Each department led by an officer, assisted by a chief who has worked their way up through the ranks and has valuable advice to offer based on their experiences. The officer who is administratively in charge of all the departments is the Executive Officer. He handles all career and personal matters, as well as the daily work schedule of all of these divisions. However, it is the Captain of the ship who is responsible for the performance of all on board. Each department is equally important. If one department does not operate at peak efficiency then the ship cannot complete its mission.