Tactical officer

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Senior command officer aboard a Colonial battlestar, charged with:

  • Monitoring the ship's Dradis system
  • Managing the ship's offensive / defensive weapons systems
  • Overseeing the ship's FTL systems, and plotting jumps
  • Supporting the Commander and Executive Officer in the performance of their duties.

Aboard the Galactica, the role of Tactical Officer is fulfilled by Lieutenant Felix Gaeta.


The role of the Tactical Officer aboard a Colonial battlestar is closer to that of the US Navy's CIC Watch Officer (CICWO), combining it with elements of the Tactical Watch Officer (TAO), a role also partially fulfilled by the Executive Officer.