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What is Navy XO and co?

Within a Navy aircraft squadron, the XO (Executive Officer) is second in command to the CO (Commanding Officer) and will be a more slightly junior officer. (Both will likely be O-5 commanders in rank.)

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Similarly, you may ask, what is a co in the Navy?

Reflecting its nautical heritage, it also sometimes used as a military "title" by more junior officers who are serving as the commanding officer (CO) of a commissioned vessel of the U.S. Navy of patrol boat size or greater. Commander is a senior officer rank, above lieutenant commander, and below captain.

Additionally, can the XO relieve the captain? Absolutely NOT. That is mutiny. A Medical Doctor could find a Commanding Officer medically unfit to command and thus he would be relieved and the Executive Officer would take command. the XO could relieve the CO in extremis when the CO is in serious violation of naval regulation or orders.

Correspondingly, is XO higher than CO?

Depends on the ship but usually the CO is more senior than the XO even if they are the same rank. There is a rank based on the rank system itself and there is positional authority. Someone with a higher rank might have to listen to someone of lower rank if their positional authority is lower.

What is an XO captain in the Navy?

US Navy traditions On large US ships (e.g., aircraft carriers), the executive officer (XO) may be a captain in rank, in which case it would be proper to address him by rank. Often the XO prefers to be called "XO" to avoid confusion with the CO, who is also a captain in rank and the captain of the ship.

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