Lieutenant Watson is a by-the-book officer. As an officer in the fleet, he is the ever honorable, loyal soldier and would give his life to save the officers superior to him as well as those of lower rank and crewmen below him without hesitation. He can be so protective of his superiors that at times his actions could be considered borderline insubordination.
Lieutenant Watson had always dreamed of serving on a big gun warship. As far as big gun warships go, Scorpion is no lumbering rust bucket - she is a hotrod and can out-maneuver ships half her size. That makes this a dream position for him. He views serving on Scorpion and protecting her and her crew as the highest privilege he can have in his life to bring honor to his superiors and Creator.