The Conn Officer or Flight Controller is responsible for "flying" a starship. The Conn Officer pilots the ship through its maneuvers.

Duties & FunctionsEdit

The Conn Officer is also the ship's chief pilot of shuttles and he conducts the training and certification of all shuttle pilots aboard ship. As needed, he will coordinate with the Operations Officer with regards to hangar deck operations. In battle, the Conn Officer carries out all evasive and tactical maneuvering of the ship. The Conn is also often given weapons-release authority to better coordinate intricate maneuvers with the firing of offensive systems.

On ships capable of landing, he is in charge of Condition Blue and he performs the landing and subsequent lift-off of the ship from planet surfaces.


Because of the importance of the position and the high level of piloting experience required, the Conn Officer is usually occupied by an officer with the minimum rank of Lieutenant.

Years ago the job of starship Navigator and Helmsman (Conn) were held by two different individuals, but by the 2360s Federation starships had become sufficiently automated to allow one highly trained officer to carry out both duties.

Vanguard CommandEdit

With the development of such huge starships as the Invincible-class, Starfleet found it more efficient and safer to once more separate the two functions onboard these capital ship types.

Onboard the Invincible-class Fleet Carrier-Heavy Battleship USS Invincible, the Chief Conn Officer is Lieutenant Commander Tom Paris.

Known Conn OfficersEdit

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