Deckhands are multi-faceted enlisted personnel on battlestars who prepare and maintain Colonial fighters and reconnaissance vehicles for flight and turnaround, as well as assume other maintenance duties throughout the vessel.
Also nicknamed "knuckledraggers", deckhands are tasked with keeping the limited number of Vipers and Raptors ready at all times for Combat Air Patrols, Raptor intra-Fleet shuttle flights, and large-scale engagements with Cylon forces.
Deckhand jumpsuits come in two colors. Orange jumpsuits are worn by repair and maintenance personnel, while yellow jumpsuited personnel (often nicknamed "lemonheads" due to their yellow helmet) are vehicle signalers on deck, but also perform the same maintenance tasks as those wearing orange jumpsuits.
Frequently seen deckhands include Galen Tyrol, Cally Tyrol, Diana Seelix, James Lyman and Anthony Figurski. On Galactica, deckhands were overseen by the highest-ranking and most experienced non-commissioned officer, Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol, before he is demoted. Chief Petty Officer Peter Laird, Pegasus's former high-ranking deckhand, assumed this position prior to his death during the mutiny; Tyrol later resumed this post, leading the human/Cylon repair teams as they attempted to maintain Galactica's structural integrity. Specialist Dealino assumed the position as chief of the deck when Tyrol was arrested for helping Sharon "Boomer" Valerii abduct Hera Agathon (TRS: "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Islanded in a Stream of Stars", "Daybreak, Part I").
The status of the following deckhands after Gaeta's Mutiny is unknown.