Command Structure of the Doberman Navy
- The highest position in any navy or fleet is, of course, an
Admiral. However, in the case of the Doberman Fleet, no such title
exists. The fleet is given its mission orders from the Doberman
High Council along with a Flagship assignment. The Flagship is the
command ship for the fleet, with the Captain of that ship as the
highest-ranked officer in the fleet. That captain gives orders for
fleet formations, courses, et al.
- The Captain of the ship is in charge of the safety and
well-being of the crew as well as seeing to it that the ship's
mission and role in the fleet is accomplished. Any order given by
the Captain is to be followed, no questions asked. He must be in
communication with the other Captains in the fleet at all
- Executive Officer
- The Executive Officer (XO) sees to it that all orders given by
the Captain are carried out as expeditiously as possible. Most of
the time he will be on the bridge of the ship and will echo
commands to the crew. If the Captain is not on the bridge, the XO
has absolute command of the ship, acting as the Captain.
- Directly below the XO are the Chiefs. Each department on board
the ship is assigned one Chief, who heads the department and
commands all crew in that given area. He/She is intimately familiar
with the inner workings of everything he/she oversees. A few
departments include Engineering, Gunnery, Petty Officers, Security,
and Galley. Carriers also have two special positions at this
level--Chief of the Deck, who is in charge of flight deck
operations and is directly *on* the flight deck; and the Airboss,
who decides everything about the when, what, and who goes in the
- Lieutenants (*)
- Lieutenants (LT's) are assigned jobs by their Division Chief.
It is then their responsibility to get that task accomplished, and
if it isn't done it's their ass. They assemble their own crews of
Yeoman from their department to get the job done.
- Petty Officers (*)
- Petty Officers (PO's) are the only rank to have their own
Department head. The PO's on board a ship see to the supply and
operations needs of departments and the crews therein. Need some
more wrenches? Yell for the nearest petty officer. Also
Jacks-of-all-trades in most cases.
- The Yeomen are the lowest men on the totem pole, roughly
comparable to the meager enlisted men. They do all the daily and
dirty work on board the ship. Without them, though, the ships could
Many times, there is little actual distinction between
LT's and PO's. If a LT is killed/wounded during a battle, a PO will
fall in to fill the position. LT's and PO's form the core of damage
control crews during combat. If a ship is damaged, either a LT or
PO has authority to grab any available crew to fix something that
they see is damaged.