what are the main duties of a casing officer?

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  1. twjmaster

    twjmaster New member

    I got speaking to a chap the other day who introduced himself as a casing officer, but he had to leave before he could explain what the job involves.
     
  2. WreckerL

    WreckerL War Hero

    Junior warfare officers job. Mainly involves getting in the way when leaving/entering harbour and be shouted at by the Skipper and the Scratcher :lol:
     
  3. deep-diver

    deep-diver New member

    In my day, as Casing Officer in SSKs (conventional boats) I was responsible for the upperdeck (casing crew) when mooring, anchoring, etc. It was also my job to crawl through the casing, between the pressure hull and the casing upper deck, in order to ensure that there was no loose gear - stuff that could rattle and make a noise thus giving us away to an enemy operating passive sonar detection. Probably the lowest of the low in the Wardroom hierarchy.
     
  4. rod-gearing

    rod-gearing War Hero

    I'm filling up now,sniff sniff. :cry:
     
  5. fishhead

    fishhead War Hero

    I had several Casing officers working alongside me when I was Scratcher but never saw one doing this.They were at their handiest when chucking out the salutes when on a jolly before the skipper and jimmy had come down from the bridge.On an SSK there was little else the junior seaman officer could do at Harbour Stations as he would not be trusted with the navigation and there was no room on the bridge.
     
  6. deep-diver

    deep-diver New member

    I bloody new it! 39 years on and I now realise that the CO, LT CDR Geoffrey Biggs, aka 'Beasty Biggs' RIP Great Man - only ordered me to do the casing crawl because I was a newly SM-qualified RNR List One LT - and my regular 'day job' was Senior Second Officer of a mighty P&O passenger ship.....
    Last time I saw Beastie Biggs was in the fore-ends of Valiant in '73. We were both sleeping on Mk8s at the time, and I had just qualified Nuclear. My day job was then First Officer of another mighty P&O. If memory serves me right, he was COS to FOSM at the time. Good times - some of the best!
     
  7. warrenpenalver

    warrenpenalver New member

    As most CASO's are either doing part III or just done it, you do what the Scratcher tells you as he usually has 20 years more experience than you!!!! Plus it stops you getting in the shit when the XO asks you about the casing crawl you were supposed to have signed for!!!! Once you get a bit more experienced you may get a bit more involved in the tile surveys, maintenance side etc so that you can goto the Plan Of The Day and say something useful rather than sitting there pretending you know what your doing. Also means that alongside things get done when people go on leave and at sea during workup etc the scratcher can get a bit of a break from boat transfers!

    Also on coming into harbour once you know what your doing its your job to filter the XO's screaming rants at the Casing party into meaningful instructions!!

    Technically your also responsible for ensuring the casing party are safe. when fresh out the box your be more of a liability than anyone there!!! But again once youve got a bit of experience you can keep a better eye on things and stop people doing the odd stupid thing out of complacency/tiredness etc.
     
  8. Bluetot

    Bluetot New member

    Nice one DD Beastly was the skipper on the Otus for a short period in the late 60s great guy.
     
  9. oberon

    oberon Badgeman

    Better known as "GJO" (Gash Jobs Officer) :twisted:
     
  10. Maxi_77

    Maxi_77 War Hero

    Well I did the odd casing crawl on both a P boat and an SSN, though there were more places on an SSN I could not get my corpulent bulk into. (I once lined the duty watch up to select the smallest to go into the back of the fin to recover a crushed but still very noisy WD40 tin some greeny had Left in the fin.)
     
  11. WreckerL

    WreckerL War Hero

     
  12. Maxi_77

    Maxi_77 War Hero

     
  13. otternavs

    otternavs New member

    The job of the CASO is to take s**t from the XO on the bridge, usually to the amusement of the Scratcher. If PO UC1 M*** from HMS Trafalgar in the mid 80's ever reads this.....the experience scared me for life.
     
  14. snorko

    snorko New member

    That is a junior dabber's job. Take shit from all on board until good enough to give shit to everyone else!!
     
  15. SELJUK

    SELJUK New member

    Sum it up in seven words. To 'stand by the fin and look keen'!
    AND whatever you do DON'T stand in direct line of recoil or a bight AND get the beer in for the casing party!
     

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