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Bartholomew
04-26-2010, 11:45 PM
Hypothetical:

If an Army general boards a ship -- in my story it is a sort of super-carrier -- a floating city -- does he outrank the ship's captain? Would there be a higher ranking navy official on board, all the time, besides the captain?

How will the sailors treat this visiting general?

Thanks for your time!

PeterL
04-27-2010, 12:16 AM
If the ship's captain were a captain, he would still be in command of the ship; although the Army general would out rank him. If the ship were commanded by a rear admiral, and the general were a brigadier, then they would be of equal rank. Look up the comparative pay grades.

RJK
04-27-2010, 12:35 AM
Most carriers carry Flag officers (admirals) who are in command of the task force, group, or even fleet. The commanding officer of a carrier is normally a senior captain. He is in command of the ship, but the admiral is in command of the task force that the ship is a part of.

The ship's CO would defer to orders from the task force commander where they related to task force operations, but the ship is his. He is God as far as anyone aboard is concerned.

The CO would salute the General as his senior officer, but the general would have no authority over the CO, unless that particular general was Head of the Joint Chiefs of Command of the Armed Forces. Even then, it would need to be an in-the-line-of-duty thing for joint operations, etc.

Aztecsince79
04-27-2010, 01:03 AM
Keep in mind the difference between tactical and strategic. Building your own house is tactical, creating the entire neighborhood is strategic. So the general might tell the captain his destination, but the captain will be in charge of how he gets there.

Stanmiller
04-27-2010, 01:09 AM
B,

What RJK said.

On a ship, any officer more senior than the captain but not in the direct line of command is treated as an honored guest yet ignored when it comes to operational decisions. Doesn't matter if the senior officer is from another branch of service or the same branch.

The senior officer will know this and not attempt to interfere, unless he/she's an idiot.
:e2salute:

jclarkdawe
04-27-2010, 04:36 AM
Also, when he or she comes on board, honors would be rendered, although I don't know what exactly they would be. If the general is in overall command of the task force, the carrier would fly his or her flag.

Carriers also almost never travel alone.

Most of the sailors would probably never see the general.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

Noah Body
04-27-2010, 10:48 PM
If the ship's captain were a captain, he would still be in command of the ship; although the Army general would out rank him. If the ship were commanded by a rear admiral, and the general were a brigadier, then they would be of equal rank. Look up the comparative pay grades.

Rear Admiral (Lower Half) is the same as a BG, actually. :)

Noah Body
04-27-2010, 10:50 PM
B,

What RJK said.

On a ship, any officer more senior than the captain but not in the direct line of command is treated as an honored guest yet ignored when it comes to operational decisions. Doesn't matter if the senior officer is from another branch of service or the same branch.

The senior officer will know this and not attempt to interfere, unless he/she's an idiot.
:e2salute:

Yep... was aboard frigates while in the Army as part of a joint operations team, and our 0-6 clearly outranked the frigate's commanding officer. But he certainly wasn't going to try and take command. :D

PeterL
04-27-2010, 11:10 PM
Rear Admiral (Lower Half) is the same as a BG, actually. :)

Except for the title, that is true.