ECO

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Crashdown at a Raptor ECO station.

An ECO, or Electronic Countermeasures Officer [1], is responsible for the electronic countermeasures on a Raptor (Miniseries, "33").

The first ECO seen was Karl "Helo" Agathon, working with Sharon "Boomer" Valerii during an ill-fated Viper Mark VII squadron attack against two Cylon Raiders during the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1").

ECOs also operate computer equipment, including scanning and detection equipment ("Water", "The Hand of God").

ECOs are also trained to fly a Raptor in case the primary pilot is incapacitated or unavailable. Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo pilots his Raptor when his pilot Karma is killed (Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I). Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson has served as both pilot and ECO on several occasions ("Fragged", "Final Cut").

As Galactica initially faces chronic pilot and ship shortages, ECOs such as Agathon and Edmondson often pull "double-duty" as either pilot or ECO as assigned by the CAG. After the New Caprica exodus, this was less of an issue (Torn), but after the events of Gaeta's Mutiny, personnel shortages left the pilots of Raptors searching for habitable planets flying without ECOs (Someone to Watch Over Me).

Known ECOs

References

  1. The term is similar to the role of ECMO in US Naval and Marine Corps aviation. In a blog entry Ron Moore stated that he originally envisioned the Raptor as an electronic warfare platform, similar to the modern EA-6 Prowler.