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officer of the deck

noun
1.
a naval duty officer responsible for the operation of the ship in the absence of the captain or the executive officer.
Abbreviation: O.O.D.
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  • The officer-of-the-deck is in charge of the ship as the representative of the captain.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense

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