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Destroyer Officers - 1/14/2012 9:06:38 PM   
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Working on my AAR, I find myself in need of a source as to what were the usual officer billets on a USN Destroyer during WWII. I have found amazingly detailed information on the enlisted billets right down to what the GQ duties were for each billet. Unfortunately, I am coming up empty on the officers.

For example, the Mahan Class DD has thirteen officers. They would be (for sure):

CO
XO
Gunnery Officer ( and likley an assistant)
Navigator ( and likely an assistant)
Engineering officer (and an assitant)
Communication/Signals officer
Supply Officer

So that's ten. Did DDs have Air Defense officers? Was there an additional officer in charge of RADAR and/or SONAR? Did DDs have a 1st Lieutenant? Thats just scraping the serface of the options.

Anyone know for sure or have a good (preferably on-line) resource?

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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/14/2012 9:08:37 PM   
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Did DDs have a 1st Lieutenant?


The XO is the first lieutenant.

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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/14/2012 9:12:37 PM   
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Oops, forgot the Torpedo Officer. I knew I had eleven when I started out.

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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/14/2012 10:22:02 PM   
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Found it! Although there is an obvious erroy (there is an ass't Gunnery officer but no Gunnery officer) I suspect the stores/commisary officer may be one in the same. Adding a Gunnery Officer and you get 13. Its what I am using unless some one has something better.

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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/15/2012 3:34:29 AM   
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ORIGINAL: sprior

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Did DDs have a 1st Lieutenant?


The XO is the first lieutenant.


NOT in OUR Navy Simon. It's a different position.


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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/15/2012 3:37:08 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: vettim89

Working on my AAR, I find myself in need of a source as to what were the usual officer billets on a USN Destroyer during WWII. I have found amazingly detailed information on the enlisted billets right down to what the GQ duties were for each billet. Unfortunately, I am coming up empty on the officers.

For example, the Mahan Class DD has thirteen officers. They would be (for sure):

CO
XO
Gunnery Officer ( and likley an assistant)
Navigator ( and likely an assistant)
Engineering officer (and an assitant)
Communication/Signals officer
Supply Officer

So that's ten. Did DDs have Air Defense officers? Was there an additional officer in charge of RADAR and/or SONAR? Did DDs have a 1st Lieutenant? Thats just scraping the serface of the options.

Anyone know for sure or have a good (preferably on-line) resource?

Sonar ,RADAR and Air deffense would came later,they didn't exist in the early part of the war. If it was a DESRON Flag it would carry the Comodore and his staff, and maybe a Squadron doctor, if available .

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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/15/2012 6:51:43 AM   
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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/16/2012 1:44:40 AM   
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#2 also is good at REPELLING boarders, as these guys know and are laughing about!




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RE: Destroyer Officers - 1/16/2012 5:38:21 PM   
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Its a DE, but here's what they had in 1944:

http://www.militaryresearch.org/1944%20DE%20Organization.pdf

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