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Three mates

Triple Duty

R/V Neil Armstrong chief mate Derek Bergeron, second mate Mike Singleton, and third mate Josh Woodrow (left to right) monitor nearby boat traffic as Woodrow steers up the Hudson River during a port call in New York City earlier in the summer. In addition to standing regular watches on the bridge, each mate also performs a specialized role on the ship: the chief mate is the ship's medical officer, the second mate is responsible for navigation, and the third mate is the safety officer. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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