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Old May 12 2013, 10:40 AM   #35
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Re: Is there a need for a Helm Department?

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Yes but tech had moved on, in TOS you needed a Navigator and Helmsman, by the time of TNG you where just down to the CONN officer, a combination of both positions.

And the ship can pilot itself, in TNG's "Remember Me" we see Beverly ordering the computer to lay in a course.
Even as far back as TOS, it's been demonstrated that a starship can fly itself once a course has been set ("The Menagerie" comes to mind right now). The same kind of automation is likely true for the majority of the ship's systems, but it's still good to have a dedicated specialist to monitor & maintain those systems and intervene in the event of a malfunction or in a sudden situation change.
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