Chief Operations Officer

Chief Operations Officer
Affiliation: Federation
Higher Rank: Executive Officer
Lower Rank: Assistant Chief Operations Officer
Command: Department Head
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.