aircraft-handling equipment, such as tractors and
cranes. Also included in this division is the aircraft
crash, fire, and rescue party. This crew is under the
direction of the aircraft crash and salvage officer. They
are responsible for flight deck fire fighting, rescue,
clearing flight deck crashes, and maintaining crash and
Personnel in the catapult and arresting gear
division are usually assigned to one of two crews. The
catapult crew is charged with the operation and
maintenance of all catapult machinery. The arresting
gear crew is responsible for the operation and
maintenance of the arresting gear and barricade
equipment. Occasionally, the catapult and arresting
gear crews assist in clearing flight deck crashes.
The hangar deck division is charged with the
handling of all aircraft on the hangar deck. Other
responsibilities include operation of aircraft elevators,
hangar bay doors, and roller curtains. They also
maintain assigned fire-fighting equipment, such as
sprinkler systems, water curtains, and foam monitors.
Certain personnel from the V-3 division are assigned to
the conflagration (fire) control stations on the hangar
deck. Repair 1A (hangar deck forward) is operated by
personnel from the V-3 division.
The aviation fuels division is charged with the
operation and upkeep of the carrier aviation fuel and
lube oil transfer system. This also includes the inert gas
producer and distribution systems (when installed).
uncontaminated fuel, and replenish the ship's supply of
aviation fuel and lube oil.
In general, the weapons department is responsible
for the requisition, receipt, inspection, unpackage,
inventory, account for, store, assemble and process for
shipment of the following weapons: air/surface and
sub-surface missiles, bombs, rockets, and components,
including aircraft guns and accessories, ammunition
handling equipment, and aircraft arming, suspension,
department is also responsible for loading and fusing
aviation ammunition, and maintaining shipboard
weapons elevators, magazines, sprinkler systems, and
ammunition storage facilities.
The engineering department is responsible for all
machinery, propulsion, ventilation, water supply,
piping systems, electrical systems, and electronic
devices on board the ship.
The navigation department is responsible to the
commanding officer for the safe navigation and piloting
of the aircraft carrier. This department also trains deck
watch officers, orders navigational equipment for the
ship, and provides for its upkeep.
The supply department handles such matters as
ordering, receiving, storing, issuing, and accounting for
all supplies needed for the ship's operation.
maintaining the health of all personnel and advising the
commanding officer in matters of sanitation and
The senior dental officer is responsible for the
dental care and oral hygiene of the personnel
To improve fleet readiness, the Chief of Naval
maintenance department (AIMD) on aircraft carriers.
The AIMD assumes the entire responsibility for the
Therefore, relieving the air wing commander of the
responsibility of providing O- and I-level maintenance
for aircraft assigned.
AIMDs are organized in a manner similar to
shore-based aviation maintenance departments. See