Small Boat Operator (118) Enlisted Personnel

Directs the sailing, docking, loading, unloading, and maintenance of a small boat.
Supervises ship's crew in navigation and deck and engine operation. Orders ship's supplies and equipment. Keeps ship's log. Plots ship's course on chart. Uses sextant and other navigation instruments. Inspects stowage ad bracing of cargo and equipment and embarking and disembarking troops. Directs communication between ships and ship-to-shore.
Must know advanced seamanship, navigation principles, piloting, dead-reckoning, and celestial navigation, care of vessels, maritime rules, and mechanical operation of ships and equipment. Should be familiar with meteorology, including tides and currents.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Master, Ship
  • Mate