At shore stations, the AKs may stand watches in the
supply office, where they may be called upon to perform
other tasks outside their normal professional field.
Aboard ship there are two duty watches with which the
AK1 are directly concerned-the supply department
duty petty officer and the duty AK. The AKC may be
assigned as the division duty chief, duty supply chief,
assistant SDO, or SDO.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DUTY AK.
The duty AK is the senior representative in the
ASD/SSC outside of regular working hours. In most
cases, an AK1 will be assigned to stand the duty AK. It
is the responsibility of duty AKs to conduct the business
of the division in a manner that brings credit to
themselves and to the division. Some of the duties of
the duty AK areas follows:
1. Muster the duty section and make muster
2. Make all emergency issues and/or routine
issues of material for night check crews or maintenance
duty section personnel.
3. Maintain a continuous watch in ready issue
during mealtimes, and such other times as required by
4. Know where the personnel in the duty section
are at all times and where they sleep.
5. Keep the supply department duty petty officer
informed where you are at all times and apprised of all
6. Receive any incoming material, receipt for it,
check the material and make immediate issue of
emergency material (NMCS/PMCS/CASREP, etc).
7. Conduct inspection of aviation stores spaces to
make sure that security of stores is maintained.
8. Supervise the personnel in the duty section to
make sure that standards of cleanliness and fire safety
are maintained, including sweepdowns at prescribed
9. Check message traffic in the supply office at
10. Pick up correspondence and messages from the
supply ofice immediately before commencement of the
11. Control all keys that are kept in the aviation
12. Maintain a log of all important events occurring
during the watch period for passdown information to the
supply officer. This log includes the times at which
inspections of spaces were made and any discrepancies
SUPPLY DUTY PETTY OFFICERS (SDPO)
AFLOAT. The supply department duty petty officer
serves as an assistant to the duty supply officer.
Together they are responsible for unifying the efforts of
the supply divisions so that the common purpose of the
department is accomplished. The chief petty officers or
senior chief petty officers stand as division duty CPO
representing their own division. The duties of SDPO
include, but are not limited to, the following:
Supervise the supply division section leaders in
the performance of their routine duties.
Assign responsibility for accomplishing all
unusual or emergency tasks not covered by
normal routine, and procure assistance from
within the department as necessary.
Make sure that security inspections and muster
reports are made by division section leaders, and
report the results to the duty supply officer before
the ships 8 oclock report.
Inspect for security those areas particularly
assigned by supply department instructions or as
desired by the duty supply officer.
Keep informed of the whereabouts of each
division section leader and the duty supply
Arrange for emergency issues as required.
Notify the duty supply officer of the arrival of
stores, and make arrangements for their receipt
Make sure that departmental keys are handled in
strict accordance with supply department
Maintain a log of actions taken during the watch
period, to be signed by the duty supply officer,
for passdown to the relieving duty supply officer
and the supply officer.
SUPPLY DUTY PETTY OFFICERS
ASHORE. Personnel on duty normally stand the
watch in the main supply office or where stock records
are accessible. Familiarize yourself with the
instructions and procedures for standing the watch.
When you are on watch, you maybe called upon to issue
or locate many items with which you are not familiar.