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Data served as the operations management officer aboard the USS . Enterprise-D
operations officer, also referred to as the operations management officer, was a Starfleet position within the operations division which was common in the 24th century.
Operations officers are responsible for overseeing internal systems control,
communications and sensors. Operations officers manned the ( • citation needed edit) ops station.
The operations position was manned by a member of the command staff of a starship, regardless of seniority.
On the starship ( • citation needed edit) USS , Enterprise-D Lieutenant Commander Data served as the operations management officer and doubled as Second Officer, the most senior member of the ship's crew after the Captain and first officer. On the starship USS , Operations Officer Voyager Ensign Harry Kim was the most junior bridge officer.
As analytical operations relied upon knowledge of
science and engineering disciplines, operations officers often performed the additional duties of a science officer, especially when a dedicated science officer was absent, as exemplified by both Data and Harry Kim. ( : " TNG "; Conundrum : " VOY ", Caretaker etc.) Operations officers also performed the duties of a communications officer.
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This designation was also used on one occasion to describe
Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien during his assignment aboard Deep Space 9. ( : " DS9 ")
In an Voyager alternate timeline, Daniel Byrd was the operations officer on instead of Harry Kim, who had remained on ( Earth. : " VOY ")