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The second officer of a starship assumed command of the ship when both the captain and first officer were unavailable. Typically a second officer on a Starfleet vessel held the rank of commander or lieutenant commander. It was common for a second officer to be a department head aboard the ship first, since the role of second officer was considered a nominal position. Therefore, he or she was rarely involved in the day to day command of the starship or starbase the way the captain or first officer was.

It was standard procedure for the second officer to accompany the away team. (TNG: "Time's Arrow")

In 2364, Ferengi protocol was to offer their second officers when surrendering. (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

On Klingon ships, first officers were called upon to ensure their incapacitated captains died an honorable death. In 2365, Worf explained to William T. Riker that should he also become unable to perform while serving as an exchange officer, his second officer would kill him. (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor")

When the Satarran agent using the alias of Kieran MacDuff commandeered the USS Enterprise-D in 2368, he altered the computer records so that the ship's rightful first officer, Commander William T. Riker, was listed as the second officer. (TNG: "Conundrum")

Some noted second officers in Starfleet history were:

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