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boatswain

, bosun, bo's'n
a petty officer on a merchant ship or a warrant officer on a warship who is responsible for the maintenance of the ship and its equipment

Boatswain

Byron’s favorite dog. [Br. Hist.: Harvey, 239]
See: Dogs
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First the bos'n estimates manpower and time required to perform the emergency repairs, then the air boss checks schedules to find the optimum time.
Knowing that a defective module at sea will adversely affect the operational capability of the ship (perhaps necessitating midnight maintenance), that the quality history of the part is poor, and that the COSAL inventory may be largely defective, the bos'n may recommend replacing all or many of the modules installed on the ship while the ship is pier-side.
The job calls for the bos'n to maintain all gear, wires, rigging and equipment aboard.
Ron Rancourt served on board USS George Washington as the air bos'n for nearly four years, completing two work-up cycles and two deployments.