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The tactical officer, tactics officer, or tactical aide was an officer stationed at the tactical station and responsible for controlling a starship's weaponry and shields. A comparative term also used in Starfleet, the Romulan military, and the Klingon Defense Force was weapons officer or, to a lesser degree, gunner. (TNG: "Redemption"; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

On Starfleet vessels, the tactical officer's job was to maintain weapon and shield readiness along with executing firing solutions. These solutions could range from a low intensity phaser beam or to plot a torpedo firing pattern. Security chiefs frequently doubled as tactical officers, though the two roles were not required to be filled by the same person. (TNG: "Pen Pals", "Masks")

Aboard Federation starships in the mid-23rd century, these duties were handled, at least to a large degree, by the helmsman and/or navigator. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")


Captain Jonathan Archer said in June of 2151 that he didn't recruit his tactical officer to sit on his butt when he was threatened. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")

Duras, son of Toral was demoted from the position of captain to second weapons officer, serving on the Ty'Gokor defense perimeter, following his first encounter with Jonathan Archer. (ENT: "Judgment")

Officer Vigo served as the weapons officer aboard the USS Stargazer while serving under Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 2355. (TNG: "The Battle")

Miles O'Brien served as a tactical officer under Captain Benjamin Maxwell aboard the USS Rutledge. (TNG: "The Wounded")

At the outbreak of the Klingon Civil War in 2367, Lieutenant Worf was granted the position of weapons officer aboard the IKS Bortas. Commander William T. Riker felt Worf's "tactical knowledge and experience will serve them well." (TNG: "Redemption")

By 2375, Alexander Rozhenko was promoted to weapons officer of the IKS Ya'Vang during the Dominion War. (DS9: "Penumbra")

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