Seaman, Landing Craft (838) Enlisted Personnel

Performs a variety of duties aboard a landing craft used in amphibious operations in a combat zone.
Handles lines and ropes when docking or anchoring craft. Cleans and paints hull, including scraping and sanding old paint. Operates winch to lower ramp for disembarking troops or for unloading materials and equipment.
Using semaphore signals, relays messages to other craft and shore stations. Signals to coxswain when approaching sand bars, reefs, barriers, and other underwater obstructions.
Must know simple navigation, splicing, knots, rigging, and semaphore signalling.
At supervisory level, is responsible for steering and maneuvering craft, using charts and compass. Supervises storing of cargo on craft and is responsible for coordination and control of work of crew members.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Boatswain, Landing Craft
  • Coxswain, Landing Craft
  • Landing Craft NCO

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