I believe in addition to being a communications systems expert, she was also a mid rank general bridge officer. She was on the landing party during “Mirror Mirror.”
But that was because she looked so unbelievably friggin' hot in that skimpy midriff-baring uniform!
Jonas Grumby wrote:
Landing parties (not “away teams,” BTW) are comprised at the Captain's discretion. Kirk tends to prefer his most trusted officers (which includes Uhura) for the most part.
Yes, I have a bit of a bug up my ass about TOS landing parties being referred to as “away teams,” a phrase first used in TNG. “Landing party” is a nice, traditional naval term. “Away team” sounds like high school football.