Chief Operations Officer
|Chief Operations Officer|
|Higher Rank:||Executive Officer|
|Lower Rank:||Assistant Chief Operations Officer|
|Known Chief Operations Officers:||Data, USS Enterprise-D;|
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The Chief Operations Officer has the primary responsibility of ensuring that ship functions, such as the use of the lateral sensor array, do not interfere with one and another. S/he must prioritize resource allocations, so that the most critical activities can have every chance of success. If so required, s/he can curtail shipboard functions if s/he thinks they will interfere with the ship's current mission or routine operations.
The Chief Operations Officer oversees the Operations department, and is a member of the senior staff.