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A communications officer is a title given to a crew member aboard a spacecraft, vehicle or outpost, an officer charged with the duty of monitoring and managing incoming communications, and respond if necessary.

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Prior to the 22nd century, the technology to create universal translators was still being developed by Humans, meaning that communications officers needed linguistic skills as a scientist to translate communications. In the Earth Starfleet, this was a sciences division post. (Star Trek: Enterprise)

By the time of automated translation in the 23rd century, aboard Federation starships communications officer was an operations division role in Starfleet. (Star Trek: The Original Series)

By the late 24th century, communications were mostly automated, and on starships and outposts was conducted by the tactical officer or operations manager. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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