CHAPTER V - GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
SECTION A - ROUTINES, DAILY AND WEEKLY
V-A-1. Daily Orders. The Executive Officer, or the next senior line officer on board, will each
evening, prepare the orders for the next day. These orders will be
supplementary to the regular
sea or port routine, and may modify it as necessary. In case Heads of
Departments desire any
special items included in the daily orders, they will furnish the
Executive Officer with a
memorandum to that effect prior to 1500 each day.
V-A-2. When at sea, or in exposed anchorage, the Captain before retiring
each evening, will furnish the Officer-of-the-Deck with his orders for the night. They will be written in the
Captain's Night Order Book and will be read and initialed by the
Navigator and each Officer-of-the-Deck during the night.
DAILY ROUTINE IN PORT
0430-Call ship's cook with the watch.
0515-Call duty Police Petty officers.
0530-Reveille. All hands except the mid-watch keepers and other authorized late hammocks. Sunrise-Turn out anchor lights following motions of S.O.P.A.
0600-Turn to for execution of morning ship's work.
0630-Up all hammocks.
0700-Time and uniform signal. Set uniform of the day.
-Breakfast for Relief Watch Section.
0720-Breakfast for Second Relief Watch Section.
0740-Breakfast for Section coming off watch.
0745-Size of colors signal.
0800-Colors. Test general alarm. Normally, expiration of liberty.
-Quarters for muster. Turn to. Drills as ordered.
1000-Report (1) absentees (2) sick (3) hospital cases on board requiring transfer.
1130-Inspection of mess cooks and mess attendants.
-Retreat from drill or knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1200-Dinner for Relief Watch Section.
1220-Dinner for Second Relief Watch Section.
1240-Dinner for Section coming off watch.
1300-Turn to. Ship's work. Drills as ordered.
1615-Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1700-Supper for Relief Watch Section.
1720-Supper for Second Relief Watch Section.
1740-Supper for Section coming off watch.
Sunset-Colors. Turn on anchor lights.
2000-Eight o'clock reports. Report all "X" and "Y" openings closed.
2130-Taps. Reports lights out.
DAILY ROUTINE AT SEA
0430-Call ship's cook having the watch.|
0545-Call boatswain's mates and police petty officers.
0600-All hands, except mid-watch keepers and other authorized late hammocks. Sunrise-Turn off running lights following motions of S.O.P.A.
0630-Up all hammocks.
0700-Breakfast for Relief Watch Section.
-Time and uniform signal. Test whistle and Siren (if permitted).
0720-Breakfast for Second Relief Watch Section.
0740-Breakfast for Section coming off watch.
0745-Size of colors signal.
0800-Quarters for muster (or muster on stations). Turn to. Weather permitting clear all Messing and Berthing Compartments until 1000.
-Drills as directed.
1000-Report (1) absentees, (2) sick, (3) hospital cases on board requiring transfer.
-Inspection of Messing and Berthing Compartments.
1130-Inspection of mess cooks and mess attendants. Retreat from drill. Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1200-Dinner for Relief Watch Section.
-Signal (1) fuel on hand, (2) fuel expended.
1220-Dinner for Second Relief Watch Section.
1240-Dinner for Section coming off watch.
1245-Signal 1200 position report (when required).
1300-Turn to. Ship's work.
1630-Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1700-Supper for Relief Watch Section.
-Report inspection of closure of all "X" and "Y" doors.
1720-Supper for Second Relief Watch Section.
Sunset-Turn on running lights following motions of S.O.P.A. and in accordance with existing orders.
1740-Supper for Section coming off Watch.
2000-Eight o'clock reports. Signal
2000 position if requested.
V-A-5. WEEKLY ROUTINE
(a) Sundays and Holidays.
0815-Quarters for muster. Turn to. Ship's work.
0945-Knock off work.
(d) Monday and Thursday.
0800-Air bedding following motions of S.O.P.A.
1315-Pipe down aired bedding following motions of S.O.P.A.
A.M.-Field Day. Test magazine flooding and sprinkling systems and make prescribed weekly tests in all departments.
P.M.-Captain's Inspection of lower decks.
A.M.-Captain's Inspection of crew and upper decks.
1300-Liberty commences after inspection.
SECTION B - LEAVE AND LIBERTY
V-B-1. Liberty will normally be granted by sections. During war, except
when undergoing repairs in a Navy Yard, one section will be granted liberty and two sections will be on board. One
will be the Duty Section, and one will be the Relief Duty Section, the
duty commencing at 1200
daily. When undergoing repairs in a Navy Yard and the security of the
yard permits, two
sections may he granted liberty with one full section remaining on board.
V-B-2. All hands, including Chief Petty Officers, will he assigned to a
section and will stand
duty and rate liberty with their section.
V-B-3. No exchanges of liberty will be granted except by the Executive
Officer. Men desiring
to exchange liberty with another person must first obtain from the man
who agrees to stand by
and take his duty on hoard, an agreement slip filled in and signed on a
standard form. This slip
must he approved by the man's leading petty officer and division officer
who will assure
themselves that the man who agrees to stand by is in all respects
qualified to handle the duties of
the person for whom he is standing by. These slips shall be turned into
the ship's office not later
than 1000 each day. After this time, no exchanges will be permitted
except in cases of emergency.
V-B-4. Liberty cards (standard identification cards) will be issued to
leading division petty
officers one-half hour prior to the commencement of liberty. Men must
show their cards to the
Officer-of-the-Deck as they go over the gangway. Promptly upon their
return from liberty,
they shall place their cards in the box provided for that purpose and
kept at the gangway.
No man shall have another man's liberty (identification) card in his
possession without proper
authority. Mere possession of a liberty card does not entitle a man to
liberty. Each men before
going ashore on leave or liberty shall he responsible for determining
that he is entitled to same.
Illegal use of a man's own or another's liberty card will be an offense
against ship's orders in
addition to the specific offense of absence without leave. Anyone finding
another man's liberty
card shall immediately turn same into the Ship's Office.
The Navy identification card will be considered as the ship's liberty
V-B-5. Men losing their liberty cards are not eligible for liberty until
a new card has been
issued. Before this can be done, a thorough search must he made to find
the lost card, and time
will he consumed in making out and issuing a new one. This naturally
jeopardizes a man's
liberty in that he cannot leave the ship until a new card has been
issued, which may he several
V-B-6. Normally liberty will commence daily at 1630 and expire on board
at 0800 the following morning. On Saturdays liberty may commence after the completion of Captain's Inspection.
Week-end liberty will be granted as directed by the Executive Officer.
V-B-7. All liberty parties will be carefully inspected by the
Officer-of-the-Deck before they
are allowed to leave the ship. Men who do not present a smart, clean, and
regulation appearance will
not be allowed to go on liberty until they have remedied the
V-B-8. Absence from the ship over forty-eight hours is defined as leave in accordance with existing instructions and must be covered by regular leave papers.
V-B-9. The Commanding Officer will endeavor to grant each officer and
enlisted man annual
leave at such times as it is desired and requested, and their services
can be spared.
SECTION C - CLEANING AND PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
V-C-1. Painting of the ship shall conform to "Instruction for Painting
and Cementing Vessels of the United States Navy" except where such instructions conflict with later orders of
Commanders afloat or Navy Department, when the latter shall govern. Thick
paint coats must be
avoided. On interior surface, only one coat of fire retardant paint will
be applied over a single coat of zinc chromate primer.
V-C-2. All officers and chief petty officers will instruct their
divisions thoroughly in the
care and treatment of the materials used in the structure of the ship and
the equipment, and they
will exercise vigilant supervision over all work of that nature. This is
necessary because of the
vast difference between the metals used in the construction of the ship
and those used in old
types, such as 1200 ton destroyers.
The principal metals used in the construction are:
(a) Special treatment steel (STS).
(b) Corrosion resisting steel (CRS).
(c) high tensile steel (HTS).
(d) Galvanized steel.
(e) Aluminum alloy.
(f) Copper nickel alloy.
V-C-3. Before doing any work of any nature on any metals in the ship's
structure, the metal shall he identified. For aid in identification the following information is
(a)Special treatment steel has been used around the director, the pilot house, and anti-aircraft machine guns, and on 5" gun mounts. In many ships it has been
removed from around
all guns, including the 5" guns, and in some ships from around the pilot
house. It is a ballistic
steel and is effective as protection against splinters.
(b) Corrosion resisting steel has in general been used in the following places:
|Masts ||Watertight manhole covers
|Watertight doors ||Dogs
|Watertight hatch covers ||Inclined ladders
| ||Yardarms, platforms, etc.
Unpainted CRS can usually be identified by its bright finish. Painted CRS
panel ling can be
recognized by the fact that the panels are surrounded by small buttonhead
(c) High tensile steel has been used for shell plating and deck plating,
except near the bow or
stern. It has also been used for important longitudinals and deck beams,
because of its great
strength as compared with medium steel.
(d) Galvanized steel has in general been used as follows:
All inside work such as; foundations, W. T. bulkheads, and other
structural and nonstructural
steel work below the 10' water line.
Main deck plating forward and aft of the engineering spaces.
(e) Aluminum alloys have in general been used as follows:
Non-watertight bulkheads above the first platform deck.
Sheathing, ventilation piping, furniture, lockers, bunks, metal joiner
sprinkler piping and magazine stowage racks.
Deck house plating.
Characteristics of aluminum alloys are; light weight, dull grey surface
(if not polished), and
low surface hardness.
V-C-4. Heat shall not be applied to any metals in the ship's structure
without the approval of
the Commanding Officer. Heat removes the corrosion resisting properties
of corrosion resisting
steel, and destroys the structural strength of aluminum and the
protection of galvanizing.
V-C-5. Lye and cleaning substances containing lye shall never be used on
aluminum. Lye disolves aluminum. No abrasives, in any form, shall be used on corrosion resisting steel,
galvanized surfaces or aluminum. Particles of such substances enter the
metal surfaces and
become transmitters of corrosion into the metals.
V-C-6. Bright CRS surfaces and interior unpainted aluminum surfaces, such
as lockers, will be cleaned with Bon Ami (or a similar material). These surfaces are easily scratched and every
care must be used to maintain their good appearance.
V-C-7. Galvanized surfaces shall be cleaned only with an ammonia or
vinegar solution or scrub-bed with soap and water. Under no circumstances are galvanized surfaces to be polished or smoothed.
V-C-8. Paintwork shall be cleaned with approved cleaning compounds, soap
powder or trisodium phosphate (1 or 2 tablespoons to 2 or 3 gallons warm water). The use of lye water and other strong solutions is prohibited.
V-C-9. Every effort must be made to avoid marring the finish of metal
furniture, joiner doors,
gunnery, firecontrol and electrical instruments.
V-C-10. The following prohibitions apply to all cleaning:
(a) Labels or tags of any kind shall not be removed.
(b) Drain valves shall not be handled by any unauthorized person.
(c) Dogs shall not be removed except for adjustment or repair, and then
only by an authorized person.
(d) Gaskets shall be cared for by an authorized person.
Authorized persons, as mentioned herein, are the carpenter's mates, the
metalsmiths, boatswain's mates, and such other petty officers as are
specifically designated by
Heads of Departments for work within their departments.
V-C-11. In general, repainting shall be limited to that for the preservation of surfaces from which paint
has been worn, or on which rust is in evidence. All external surfaces of
the ship shall be painted
with the appropriate dull, non-reflecting paint. The general rule is that
any external part that
might reflect light shall be painted with non-reflecting paint. Topside
label plates and tags
should not be painted, but may be covered with a dull shellac or grease.
V-C-12. Scaling hammers shall not be used on the ship without the
approval of the Commanding Officer. In removing paint for repainting, care must be taken not to destroy the properties
of the metal surface. All surfaces to be painted must be clean and dry.
V-C-13. Aluminum paint shall not be applied over ground cork, as such a
highly inflammable. Where it is necessary to match surrounding aluminum
inside white colored with lampblack to match the aluminum shall be used
over the ground cork.
V-C-14. Aluminum berths and lockers shall not be painted. Interior
fittings such as shelving
bins, wire meshes, etc. shall not he painted.
V-C-15. No paint shall he kept aboard ship. It may he obtained for
painting in accordance with
current directives, from Navy Yards or tenders.
SECTION D - TESTS, INSPECTIONS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
V-D-1. All Heads of Departments will make a painstaking and thorough
search of the Navy
Regulations, General Orders, Bureau Manuals, Instruction Pamphlets, and
other sources of
information and instructions issue by competent authority, to determine
all required and
desirable routine tests, inspections, and prescribed safety precautions,
and will take steps to
insure that they are strictly adhered to.
V-D-2. Daily and Weekly Check-off Lists
Each Head of Department will prepare form check-off lists for daily and
weekly tests and
inspections. A complete file of these lists will be maintained. The
system of initialing these lists
must insure that the required tests have been made.
V-D-3. Safely Precautions to be Posted
All Heads of Departments will prepare and post applicable safety
precautions at guns,
machinery, battle stations, in boats, etc. Frequent instruction will be
held to insure that all
hands are familiar with and thoroughly understand safety requirements.
will be made to insure that safety regulations are being strictly
observed. Laxity in this
important duty may result in the loss of life or serious damage to the
ship and her fighting
efficiency, and will not be tolerated.
V-D-4. Operating Instructions to be Posted
All Heads of Departments will prepare operating instructions for
machinery and various
machinery stations and orders for watch standers, and shall keep same
posted in a location
convenient to the machinery or the operating or watch standing station,
as the case may be.
Before any man is entrusted with a watch or with operating machinery,
Heads of Departments
must satisfy themselves that the man is thoroughly familiar with
prescribed orders and
V-D-5. Boat Safety Precautions
The Engineer Officer will be responsible for preparing and posting in
each ship's boat the safety
precautions for same. In port the Officer-of-the-Deck, during the morning
watch, shall cause
the ship's boats to come alongside where he shall inspect them for
cleanliness and to see that
boat operating personnel are familiar with the requirements of prescribed
V-D-6. Gunnery Safety Orders
The Gunnery Officer will prepare and post at all battles stations a
complete set of applicable
gunnery safety orders. At frequent intervals, instruction in these safety
regulations will be
given to all personnel connected with the operation of the battery.
V-D-7. Precautions Before Going Aloft
Before any man is allowed to go aloft, permission must first he obtained
from the Officer-of-the-Deck. Before granting this permission the Officer-of-the-Deck will notify
the Radio Central to
open all transmitter antenna switches and plainly tag them so that they
will not he
inadvertently closed until permission is granted to do so.
It is strictly forbidden to close any transmitter antenna switches after
they have been ordered
opened by the Officer-of-the-Deck, until he has again notified the radio
that they may be closed.
V-D-8. Precautions During Fueling
During fueling the Officer-of-the-Deck and the Engineer Officer will be
responsible for the
strict enforcement of all prescribed safety regulations.
During fueling, radio high frequency transmitters will not be used.
V-D-9. Stowage of Ether, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Acetylene, and Helium
Ether, hydrogen, oxygen, acetylene, and helium, if carried on board, will
always be stowed in prescribed places on topside.
V-D-9. Motion Picture Safety Regulations.
Whenever motion pictures are being exhibited, no one will be permitted in
the immediate area
around the projector except the man actually operating the machine. Care
will be taken not to
expose more than one reel of film at a time. Whenever the motion picture
projector is being
used, a portable C02 fire extinguisher will be kept in close proximity to
the machine and ready
for instant use. Motion picture films and cans containing motion picture
films will not be stowed below decks.
V-D-11. Precautions to be Observed When Ammunition Lighter is Alongside
Whenever an ammunition lighter or a boat containing ammunition is
alongside, the following precautions will be observed:
(a) The smoking lamp is out.
(b) A sentry will be posted on board ship in the vicinity of the boat or
lighter to prevent anyone
throwing anything over the side on to the lighter or into the boat, as
the case may be.
(c) A sentry will be stationed on the lighter, lie will be equipped with
a portable C02 fire extinguisher.
V-D-12. Men Over the Side Underway
No man will be allowed over the side when the ship is underway except in
an emergency, and
then only by express permission of the Commanding Officer via the
latter will assure himself that proper precautions, including the tending
of a line secured by a
bowline to the man working over the side, are carried out.
V-D-13. Before Entering Closed Compartments
Before entering a compartment that has been closed for any length of time
or one which has
contained fuel oil, or has been recently painted, or into which it is
suspected there have been
fuel oil leaks, Division Officers responsible for the compartment or
space concerned are
charged with taking steps to insure that all safety precautions as set
forth in Navy Regulations,
Bureau Manuals, and other competent authority, have been carefully
observed before any man
is allowed to enter the compartment or space concerned.
V-D-14. Weekly Inspection of Living, Messing and Food Spaces
At least once each week, the First Lieutenant in company with the Medical
Mate) shall make a thorough inspection of all berthing, messing, food
stowage spaces, and all
spaces where food is prepared, paying particular attention to sanitation.
The results of this
inspection will be reported to the Executive Officer and immediate steps
will be taken to remedy any unsanitary conditions.
V-D-15. Inspect of Food Handlers
Once each week, all officers servants, cooks, messmen, and all personnel
handling food will be
inspected by the Medical Officer (Pharmacist's Mate) to determine whether
or not they are
afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease or diseases. At this
care will be taken to determine whether or not they are infected with any
A report of such inspections and results will be submitted to the
V-D-16. Use of Gasoline Forbidden
Any unauthorized use of gasoline is strictly forbidden. Under no
circumstances will gasoline ever be used for cleaning purposes.
V-D-17. Very Pistol Cartridges
All Very signal pistol ready service cartridges shall be inspected
frequently. Those cartridges
presenting an obviously swollen appearance, or having split cases, or
otherwise being defective
in appearance, shall he thrown overboard.
V-D-18. Life Ring at Gangway
Whenever a ship is in port, a life ring to which is attached a 10 fathom
length of 21-thread manila will be kept at the gangway.
Y-D-19. Radio Safety Measures
The following important radio safety precautions will be observed:
(a) No work whatsoever will be done on an antenna until it is definitely
established that it is not
energized and that the antenna on ships alongside, across a pier, or shore
stations in the near vicinity, are not energized.
(b) Transmitter adjustments are prohibited while motor generators are
running or while
rectifiers are energized unless the adjustments can be accomplished from
the front of the
(c) Safety devices such as interlocks, overload relays, fuzes, etc., will
not be altered in any
way or disconnected. They shall be tested frequently to insure that they
are operating properly.
(d) The Communication Officer will compile and post all pertinent safety
to the operation of radio and sound equipment and weekly lie will hold
instruction for all
personnel concerned and assure himself that safety precautions are
properly understood. lie
shall make frequent inspections to insure that all safety precautions are
V-D-20. Electrical Fires
The prevention of electrical fires should he the
and frequent inspections and insulation tests will reduce the danger of
electrical fires. The
following procedure should be used in fighting an electrical fire. (a)
Cut out the circuits
involved. (b) Extinguish the fire, using carbon dioxide extinguishers.
After power has been
removed from electrical conductors and if the fire has gone beyond the
stage of electrical fire,
water may he used, always keeping in mind, however, the serious damage
that may be expected
from the use of water on electric apparatus. If salt water is used, wash
the equipment with
fresh water as soon as possible and dry out thoroughly. (c) Stop
ventilation and close up
compartment, being guided by circumstances. (d) Small fires can he
extinguished with carbon
V-D-21. Special Fire Precautions During Repair and Overhaul Periods
(a) During repair and overhaul periods it will be the duty of all hands
to take all steps possible
to minimize fire hazard by observing all safety precautions, maintaining
equipment in efficient condition and location, clearing up sources of
and by reporting any unsafe conditions immediately to the
(b) The following inspections will be made:
(1) By the Relief Officer-of-the-Deck, after the close of working hours.
If work is being
conducted on a 24-hour basis this inspection will be made thrice daily,
after each shift of
workmen. For this inspection, all spaces in which any work has been done
and spaces adjacent to
those in which there has been welding or cutting, will be opened.
(2) By the Deck Chief Petty Officer of the Watch, once during his watch,
of those spaces noted in
paragraph (b) (11) above.
(3) By Division Officers and Chief Petty Officers, of their parts of the
ship, frequently during
(4) The purpose of inspections is to insure that all safety precautions
are being carried out,
fire fighting equipment is instantly available, trash, rags and other
sources of spontaneous
combustion are cleaned up, and that temperatures after welding or cutting
are reduced to safe
level before the compartment is secured.
(c) Special Precautions During Welding or Cutting
(1) The Officer-of-the-Deck will keep himself informed of all welding or
cutting in progress.
(2) When any welding or cutting is done elsewhere than on the weather
decks, a member of the
ship's company will be stationed in the vicinity to enforce the safety
precautions and to aid in
the control of any fire that might break out.
(3) There will be at hand a CO2 fire extinguisher, ready for instant use.
(4) Asbestos covers, supplied by the yard, will be used to shield
inflammables from sparks.
(5) Hatch covers will be closed where necessary to prevent sparks falling
to lower decks.
(6) When welding or cutting on boundaries, it is to be remembered that
the compartment on the
opposite side from the one in which the work is being done is often in
greater danger. When this
condition exists, the sentry will be stationed on the opposite side from
SECTION E - ROUTINE FUNCTIONS & CEREMONIES
V-E-1. Morning and Evening Colors
The Officer-of-the-Deck shall exercise painstaking care to insure that
the ceremony of
morning and evening colors is punctiliously observed.
Men detailed to stand by the jack, colors aft, absentee pennant, etc.,
will always be in the
uniform of the day.
Normally, the only honors rendered by a destroyer are passing honors as
set forth in Chapter 5,
Section 4, U. S. Navy Regulations.
The whistle signals for executing passing honors are given by means of a
police whistle and are:
One long blast "Attention" to starboard.|
Two long blasts "Attention" to port.
One short blast "Salute".
Two short blasts"Two".
Three short blasts "Carry on".
V-E-3. Captain's Inspection
At Captain's Inspection, all hands will be assembled at their division
parades and ranks will be
opened. The following procedure will normally be followed:
(a) When the Captain approaches the division parade, the Division Officer
brings his division to
(b) The Division Officer will have his division salute the Captain, which
salute will be
returned, and the division executes "Two" of the salute. The Division
Officer then reports the
name of the division, the number of men in the division, and number of
(c) When the Captain has finished inspecting the ranks, the Division
Officer will give the order
"About Face," followed by the order "Uncover."
(d) After the Captain has finished inspecting personnel and has left the
vicinity of the division,
the division will be covered, about faced, and formed in two ranks.
messmen, and others who stand by lockers, offices, and other spaces will
he dismissed in order
to permit them to take stations for standing by. All lockers,
compartments, etc., will have men
detailed to open same and stand by. Men standing by spaces announce name,
rate, division, and
space to inspecting officer.
(e) When the Captain has inspected all divisions on the weather decks,
Division Officers may
dismiss their divisions after cautioning them to remain topside and clear
of the inspecting
V-E-4. Use of Boatswain's Pipes
Boatswain's Mates will habitually use their pipes when passing the word.
V-E-5. General Appearance of Ship and Boats
When in port, the Officer-of-the-Deck and the Deck Chief Petty Officer of
the Watch will make
frequent inspections to insure that the ship and the ship's boats are in
a neat and ship-shape
condition. Particular attention shall be paid to "Irish Pennants," to
keeping signal halyards taut, searchlights trained fore and aft, boat falls crossed,
garbage platform neat, and that
canvas required to be off is removed before 0800 and is replaced by
Routine signals, such as hoisting meal pennant, and making uniform
signals will be executed smartly.
V-E-6. Eight O'Clock Reports
The Eight O'clock Reports will be mustered as directed by the
The Executive Officer, or next senior line officer on board, will receive
the Eight O'clock
Reports will be received from the senior officer or enlisted man on board
in each department
and from the Police Petty Officer.
It will be understood when each department reports secure that the
following inspections have
been made and conditions found satisfactory:
(a) Gunnery Department.
(1) Magazines, warhead locker, pyrotechnic locker, detonator boxes and
ready service stowage
have been inspected and are secure and all lights except special darken
ship lights are out.
(2) Magazine sprinkling system valves have been inspected and are secure.
(3) Guns, machine gun mounts, torpedo tubes, gun director and torpedo
directors are in proper state of readiness and/or security for the night.
(b) C & R Department.
(1) Ground tackle has been inspected and anchors are properly secured.
(2) All compartments under cognizance of C & R Department have been
inspected or sounded and
are free from water.
(3) All watertight doors and hatches required to be closed have been
inspected and are properly
(4) Deck spaces have been inspected and no loose gear is adrift about the
(5) Boats have been inspected and are properly secured.
(6) Fire fighting equipment is in place and ready for instant use.
(7) Life boat has been inspected and is in all respects ready for use.
(c) Engineering Department.
(1) Bilges have been inspected and are free from any undue accumulation
of water and oil.
(2) The entire Engineering Department has been inspected and is free from
fire hazards such as
oily waste, accumulation of rags, accumulation of oil on floor plates,
(3) Fire fighting equipment has been inspected and is ready for immediate
(4) Personnel has been stationed for the watch during the night and have
been issued orders in
the Engineer's Night Order Book.
(5) Machinery in operation has been inspected and routine pressures and
being maintained and the entire plant is operating smoothly and
(6) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly
secured for the night.
(d) Communication Department.
(1) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly
secured for the night.
(e) Commissary Department.
(1) The galley and ranges are secured for the night.
(2) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly
secured for the night.
(f) Chief Police Petty Officer (Duty Police Petty Officer in port).
(1) All prisoners and restricted men have been mustered and accounted for.
(2) 2000 lights and fires have been extinguished.
SECTION F - MISCELLANEOUS
(a) Spare keys will be kept in the custody of the First Lieutenant.
Master keys for each group
will be kept in the custody of the Executive Officer.
(b) The keys to the alcohol and narcotic locker will be kept by the
Medical Officer, and if there
be no Medical Officer on board, by the Executive Officer.
(c) The keys to magazines, warhead lockers, pyrotechnic locker, and
detonator cases will be
kept in the custody of the Captain, and such other persons as he may
designate. (U. S. Navy
Regulations Art. 853).
The Navigator will have charge of the Ship's Library and shall be
responsible for the necessary
routine to insure that books are kept intact. One man normally a
pharmacist's mate, will be
assigned additional duty as Librarian to assist the Navigator in the
discharge of the
requirements of this article. Magazines shall come under the cognizance
of the librarian.
Whenever practicable, organized athletics will be encouraged,
particularly the ship's soft ball
team. An officer will be appointed as Athletic Officer in charge of all
Whenever practicable swimming parties will be organized. Non-swimmers
will be encouraged,
in every manner practicable, to learn to swim.
Educational activities on board will be under the direct supervision of
the Executive Officer. He
will be assisted by all other officers in the preparation and examination
of training courses.
All hands will be encouraged and urged to better qualify themselves in
professional subjects, by
completing the required Navy Training Courses.
Progress cards for the men taking training courses will be turned in to
the Educational Officer
by Assistant Educational Officers at the end of each quarter or when a
man is about to be
transferred from the ship. When men are transferred, these cards will be
forwarded to their
new stations along with their service records.
V-F-6. Anchor Record Book
The leading boatswain's mate, under the supervision of the First
Lieutenant, will maintain an
Anchor Record Book in which will be recorded all pertinent information
tackle, such as position of shots in the cable, serial numbers of shots
and of anchors, etc.
An entry will be made in the Anchor Record Book each time an anchor is
let go, showing name of
port, depth of water, scope of chain out, which anchor was used, and
whether the anchor was let
go or backed out.
V-F-7. Safe Combinations
Each officer will submit to the Commanding Officer in a sealed envelope a
slip of paper on which
is written the combination to his safe or safes, except Disbursing
Officers safe, the paper being
folded so as to prevent the reading of the combination without opening
V-F-8. Articles For The Government of the Navy
The Articles for the Government of the Navy will be read to all hands at
least once a
month. A copy will be kept posted on the bulletin board.
V-F-9. Special Details
(a) The following special details will normally be supplied by the
divisions as indicated:
|Detail ||Division ||Duration of Detail
|Chief Police Petty Officer ||1st (CBM)||Permanent
|Police Petty Officer (3) ||2nd, "O", "E" (1 each) ||Semi-permanent
|Crew's messmen (10) ||1st (3), 2nd (3), "E" (4) ||Quarterly
|CPO messmen ||(2) 2nd (1), "E" (1) ||Quarterly
|Lamplighter-Capt. of the Hold ||1st ||Permanent
|Captain of the Head ||(2) 2nd (1) "E" (1) 1st (1), 2nd (2) ||Quarterly
|Compartment Cleaners (7) ||"O" (1), "E"(2), "C" (1) ||Quarterly
|CPO Compartment Cleaners ||1st (1) ||Quarterly
|Painter ||1st ||Permanent
|Sculleryman ||2nd ||Quarterly
|Jack of the Dust ||"S" ||Permanent
|Oil King ||"E" ||Permanent
|Boat coxswain (2) ||1st (1), 2nd (1) ||Permanent
|Relief boat coxswains ||(2) 1st (1), 2nd (1) ||Permanent
|2nd Relief boat coxswains (2) ||1st (1), 2nd (1) ||Permanent
|Boat Engineer (2) ||"E" (2) ||Permanent
|Relief Boat Engineer (2) ||"E" (2) ||Permanent
|2nd Relief boat engineer (2) ||"E" (2) ||Permanent
(b) The following special details draw extra compensation and are
selected for their
qualifications regardless of division:
(1) Mail Clerk.
(2) Ship's Service Operator and Store Operator.
(3) Barbers (2).
(4) Laundrymen (4).
(5) Movie Operators (2).
(a) Men will normally be detailed to strike for ratings as follows:
|Gunner's mates ||6
|Signalmen or quartermaster ||3
|Fire Controlman ||3
|Electrician's mates ||3
|Ship's cooks ||3
|Carpenter's Mates ||1
|Sound Operators ||4
|Radar Materialmen ||3
The above strikers will be considered a minimum for training purposes and
the quota will
normally be kept filled at all times.
(b) In addition to the above strikers the following "ratings in training"
will be assigned:
|Seamen Radiomen ||4
|Seamen Signalmen ||2
|Seamen Fire Controlmen ||2
If possible these billets will be filled by Class "A" School graduates.
SECTION G - GENERAL POLICE REGULATIONS AND SHIP'S ORDERS
Index of Ship's Orders.
|2 ||Men received, transferred or discharged.
|3 ||Alcoholic Beverages and Narcotics.
|4 ||Issue of alcohol.
|6 ||Tobacco ashes and butts.
|7 ||Portable electric household appliances.
|8 ||Accepting gratuities.
|9 ||Unauthorized possession of clothes and personal effects.
|10 ||Civilian clothing.
|11 ||Possession of weapons.
|13 ||Requirements in case of exposure to venereal disease.
|14 ||Contagious diseases.
|15 ||Injuries to personnel.
|16 ||Extra duty.
|17 ||Muster of restricted men.
|18 ||Sleeping on topside while underway.
|19 ||Censorship regulations.
|20 ||Security of Information.
|21 ||Heavy weather clothing.
V-G-1 SECTION G - GENERAL POLICE REGULATIONS AND SHIP'S ORDERS
Index of Ship's Orders.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 1
Contained in this chapter are orders and instructions of a general police
nature, and such orders
and instructions shall have full force and effect as ship's orders.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 2
MEN RECEIVED, TRANSFERRED, OR DISCHARGED
The Officer-of-the-Deck will not permit any man to leave the vessel on
discharge or transfer
until such man has presented a clearance card completely filled in. After
signature by the
Officer-of-the-Deck, clearance cards will be returned to the Ship's
Office. Before any man is
allowed to leave the vessel for transfer, or when any man transferred to
this vessel is received
on board, the Officer-of-the-Deck will have subject man examined
physically by the Doctor or
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 3
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND NARCOTICS
It is strictly forbidden to bring on board this vessel, or into any of
the boats belonging to this
vessel, or on any barge or any other floating equipment alongside the
vessel, any alcoholic
liquor or narcotic substance or any container for same. It is further
strictly forbidden to use on
board this vessel for internal consumption or have in possession any
alcoholic liquor fit for
human consumption or any narcotic substance. This regulation shall apply
in every case except
(a) Liquors containing alcohol may be used when prescribed by the Medical
Pharmacist's Mate, after approval by the Commanding Officer.
(b) Narcotic substances may be administered by a Medical Officer, or the
with the approval of the Commanding Officer.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 4
ISSUE OF ALCOHOL
Alcohol will be stored in the alcohol locker. Heads of departments
desiring the issue of alcohol
will submit their requests for same to the Executive Officer. Alcohol
will be issued only upon
approval of the Executive Officer.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 5
Smoking is forbidden at all times in the following spaces:
(a) All spaces, compartments, trunks and storerooms below the second
platform deck, except:
(1) Engine rooms.
(2) Fire room lower gratings in front of boilers in operation. (b) In
paint and oil storeroom
and in lamp locker.
(c) In the alcohol locker.
(d) In the CPO bunk room between taps and reveille. (e) In the Crew's
W.C. and washroom.
(f) Smoking is forbidden in all berthing compartments between taps and
reveille, and above
decks when the ship is darkened.
(g) In all handling rooms and clipping rooms.
(h) In the galley.
(i) Smoking is forbidden under the following conditions:
(1) Throughout the vessel when taking fuel on board or discharging fuel.
(2) Throughout the vessel when loading or unloading inflammables or
(3) Throughout the vessel when transferring inflammables or explosives
within the vessel.
(4) Throughout the vessel during drills or exercises.
(5) Throughout the vessel at such other times when the word is passed
that "The smoking lamp
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 6
TOBACCO ASHES AND BUTS
It is strictly forbidden to throw on deck, or overboard from main deck
level or above, or from
anywhere in the mast, or from off the top of the deck houses, or
superstructures, any cigarette
or cigar butts or pipe ashes. All hands shall habitually deposit butts or
knock ashes from pipes
into receptacles provided for that purpose.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 7
PORTABLE ELECTRIC HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES
Portable electric household appliances such as irons, coffee pots, etc.,
will not be used on board
except by permission of the Executive Officer. No broadcast receivers
will be allowed on board
except the RBO receiver in main radio. Requests will be submitted via the
Engineer Officer for
his comment. The Engineer Officer will supervise all installations.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 8
No member of this command shall accept any emolument or gratuity, either
indirectly, from any person or persons, or any commercial firm or firms
with the general mess, officer's mess, Ship's Service, or who furnishes
other supplies to the
vessel for use therein. No member of the crew of this vessel shall
present to any person or
persons a list of the members of the crew.
SHIP' ORDER NO. 9
UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
It is forbidden for any person on board this vessel, except with
permission from the proper
authority, to have in his possession any clothing or other articles
belonging to another person.
For this purpose, proper authority is to be construed to be written
authority from the
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 10
Enlisted men shall not have civilian clothing in their possession aboard ship.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 11
POSSESSION OF WEAPONS
It is prohibited for any person, except as may be necessary in the proper
performance of duty
or as may be authorized by proper authority, to have in his custody or
possession, or concealed
about his person, any deadly or dangerous weapon or explosive substance.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 12
No person shall introduce aboard, use, or have in his possession aboard,
a camera or any other
equipment for taking pictures, except as authorized by Commanding Officer
for official use.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 13
REQUIREMENTS IN CASE OF EXPOSURE TO VENEREAL DISEASE
Any man who has been exposed to possible venereal infection shall, upon
his return to the ship,
take the prescribed prophylactic treatment which is available at all
times in the prophylactic
locker. He shall fill in the information required on the form provided at
the prophylatic locker.
This form shall be collected daily by the pharmacist's mate. Every person
having reason to
believe that he is suffering from venereal disease, regardless of where
or when acquired, shall
report immediately to the Pharmacist's Mate. Concealing venereal disease
is an offense against
General Order No. 14, which the Navy Department considers of such nature
as to warrant trial
by summary court-martial.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 14
Any person in this command who has at any place been exposed to any
contagious or infectious
disease, or who has reason to believe that he may have contracted any
such disease, shall
immediately upon his return to the vessel report the circumstances to a
Pharmacist's Mate or
Medical Officer for such action as is appropriate.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 15
INJURIES TO PERSONNEL
Whenever any person is injured on board this vessel, he shall be examined
immediately by the
Pharmacist's Mate or Medical Officer, if available. The Division Officer
of the man concerned,
in collaboration with the Pharmacist's Mate, will prepare a report for
the Commanding Officer,
via the Executive Officer, furnishing one copy to the Officer-of-the-Deck,
setting forth the
(a) Name, rating, and service number of man injured.
(b) Description of injury and how it occurred.
(c) Names of all witnesses.
(d) An opinion as to whether or not the person injured was at fault, and
whether or not others
were at fault. If the latter, the names of those at fault will be
included in the report.
(e) Whether the injury was the result of a failure of any equipment.
(f) Whether any changes in equipment or methods of using equipment are
When any person attached to this vessel is injured while away from this
vessel, he shall be
examined by a Pharmacist's Mate upon his return to the ship and
applicable sections of the
above part of this article will be carried out.
The Officer-of-the-Deck will make an appropriate entry in the ship's log
covering all injuries
to personnel, with the ratings and service numbers of the men concerned,
and setting forth
pertinent facts relating thereto as contained in the above-mentioned
report. Similar entries
shall be made in the ship's log of all injuries sustained by personnel
who are injured when away
from this vessel and unable to return to the ship, using the best
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 16
Men sentenced by competent authority to perform extra duty will perform
same under direction
of the Chief Police Petty Officer. Extra duty will be worked only outside
of normal working
hours. No extra duty will be worked on Sunday.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 17
MUSTER OF RESTRICTED MEN
When in port, the Officer-of-the-Deck will have restricted men mustered
at times as follows:
(a) 15 minutes after reveille.
(b) At 1930.
(c) At least once every 24 hours at an unscheduled time.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 18
SLEEPING ON TOPSIDE WHILE UNDERWAY
Sleeping about the weather decks or in boats while this vessel is
underway is forbidden.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 19
Censorship of all outgoing private mail and a percentage of incoming mail
is effective immediately.
All outgoing private' mail shall be posted unsealed in letter boxes on
board ship for censoring
prior to mailing.
Private mail shall be censored on board ship by the Ship's Censors.
Censors shall familiarize
themselves thoroughly with Censorship regulations, U. S. Navy, 1942, and shall be guided thereby.
Under no circumstances shall open or hidden reference be made in letters
to any of the following:
(a) The location, identity, movement or prospective movement of any
merchant ship, aircraft,
naval vessel or naval or military force. (In the case of merchant
shipping and commercial
aircraft, approximate but no precise dates of sailing are permissible.
The use of picture
postcards showing old or scenic views, which have heretofore had a
general sale is permitted).
(b) The defensive or offensive forces, weapons, installations or plans of
the U. S., or her allies,
discussion of strictly naval information, such as fire control apparatus,
turret gear, torpedoes,
mines, guns, target practice, radio apparatus, aviation equipment,
contents of secret or
confidential publications, etc., is also prohibited. Reference shall not
be made to weather
(c) The production, movement or supply of ammunition or the location or
progress of war industry in any form.
(d) The routine or employment of any naval or military unit of the U. S.,
or her allies.
(e) The effect of enemy operations, or casualties to personnel or
material suffered by the U. S.,
or her allies, previous to the official publication of such information.
(f) The criticism of equipment, appearance, physical condition or morale
of the collective or
individual armed forces of the U. S., or her allies.
(g) Matter, the dissemination of which might benefit enemy military,
economic or financial
interests, or which might interfere with the national effort of, or
disparage the foreign
relations of the U. S., or her allies. Agreements arrived at, or
published as a consequence of the
1942 American Republics meeting in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, are considered
as coming under this head.
6. Letters may be signed at the discretion of the writer, but he must
place his family name,
with initials, at the foot of the text. Use of rank or rating may be made
in the text or in the
addresses on outgoing or incoming mail. In the case of post cards, the
writer's full name must
also be stated but his return address should not appear thereon. In no
event should the location
of the addresser's ship be indicated either in the text or on the
7. (a) As the U. S. Postal authorities require a return address on all
registered mail, the sender
shall place the following in the upper left hand corner of the envelope:
John Doe, CY|
U. S. S. ________
Care of Fleet Post Office,
San Francisco, Calif. (or New York, N. Y., as applicable).
(b) The above form may also be used for return address of private mail.
8. (a) Letters written by persons aboard ships shall not be carried
ashore for mailing by any
person other than regular Navy Mail carriers or mail orderlies, nor shall
letters, in violation
of the provisions of paragraph 5, be written on shore for posting ashore.
(b) In home ports telegrams, cablegrams or radiograms for dispatch ashore
will be handed to
the Ship's Censor written on a plain piece of paper. After being censored
and stamped by the
Censor, the Communication may be delivered by the originator to a
office for transmission to destination.
(c) It is forbidden to reveal by telephone ashore any information which,
if written, would he
subject to suppression by Naval Censors. Personnel serving afloat shall
instructed and cautioned in this respect. Any improper disclosure of
information by telephone
constitutes a violation of these regulations and, upon coming to the
attention of the Navy
Department, or other proper authority, will be made a matter of
9. The mail of Commanding and Executive Officers shall be censored the
same as other private
correspondence unless the envelope or cover is initialed by the writer,
which initials shall
indicate compliance with all requirements. All such mail shall be stamped
and passed by the
censor without reading.
10. No censor shall censor his own correspondence.
11. (a) Private mail shall not be delivered to the Mail Clerk until
stamped "Passed by Naval
Censor", sealed, and properly initialed by Censor.
(b) Postmarking stamps for use during Naval Censorship, as distinguished
from the stamps
used by the Censors, will print a circle, one and a quarter inches in
diameter, with "U. S. Navy"
printed inside the periphery of the circle.
(c) Naval Censors shall provide themselves on Naval requisition with
rubber stamps for their
use, as set forth in subparagraph (a) above, printing a circle one and a
quarter inches in
diameter, with "Passed by Naval Censor" printed inside the periphery of
the circle. The space at
the center of circle is left blank for the initials of the Naval Censors.
12. First class letter mail may be sent free. The proper way to address
an envelope of free mail is in accordance with this diagram:
The writer must write name and rate or rank in the upper left hand corner
in his own
13. The attention of all hands is directed to the necessity for strict
compliance with this order,
and especially those parts that deal with the disclosure of ship's
location and letters written on
shore for posting ashore. It is perfectly obvious that a man attached to
a ship discloses the
location of his ship by mailing a letter which is postmarked with the
name of the town in which
it is mailed. Also it is prima-facie evidence that when a letter or
telegram arrives addressed to a
ship at Boston, Mass., that the addressee has disclosed the location of
the ship to the person
originating the correspondence.
14. The official mailing address of this ship is "Care of Fleet Post
Office, San Francisco, Calif.,
(or New York, N. Y.)," and none other until changed by proper authority.
15. Appropriate disciplinary action in all cases of violation of
censorship regulations will be
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 20
SECURITY OF INFORMATION
It must be assumed that positive steps may be taken by a skillful and
determined enemy, foreign
or anti-government, to destroy vessels of this Fleet, singly, or in
groups. Therefore, officers
and crew shall be vigilant at all times to insure the internal and
external security of the ship
(a) Safeguarding all secret and confidential matter.
(b) Close observation of shore boats and other small craft maneuvering in
(c) Observation of all merchant vessels passing or at anchor near vessels
of the fleet.
(d) Close examination of all packages, stores, and materials received on
(e) REFRAINING FROM DISCUSSING NAVAL SUBJECTS IN PUBLIC PLACES ASHORE.
In port the petty officer of the deck watch and signal watch shall pay
special attention to all
shore boats and other small craft and merchant vessels operating in the
vicinity, and notify the
Officer-of-the-Deck of any peculiar or suspicious action either in
maneuvering or by the persons aboard.
Drills and exercises shall not be conducted whenever such action will
disclose anything of a
confidential or secret nature to unauthorized persons.
SHIP'S ORDER NO. 21
HEAVY WEATHER CLOTHING
1. The First Lieutenant shall have the sole custody of all heavy weather
clothing and shall
supervise the marking, issue, collection from men to be transferred, and
cleaning of this
2. The First Lieutenant shall carry out the following procedure in
connection with this clothing.
Each item of clothing shall be plainly stenciled with a white number, one
inch high, in the locations as indicated below:
|Helmets ||-On the top, center.
|Jackets ||-On the back between the shoulders.
|Trousers ||-On the back, center, above the waist.
|Overshoes ||-On the inner side, at the ankles.
|Face Piece ||-On the inside, at front and bottom.
|Gloves ||-On the top, center.
|Rain Proof Parka ||-On the back, between the shoulders.
|Rain Proof Trousers ||-On the back, center above the waist.
(a) The First Lieutenant shall issue one complete outfit, each article
bearing the same number,
to one man. Each man receiving this clothing shall sign a receipt for it.
All receipts shall be
kept in the custody of the First Lieutenant.
(b) No man shall wear the clothing of another man.
5. Transfer of Man
When men are transferred from the ship, they shall turn into the First
Lieutenant all clothing
which has been issued to them, and receive the receipts which they have
6. This clothing shall be worn only when prescribed by proper authority.
At times, a partial
uniform, such as the jacket only, may be authorized. It shall never be
worn when painting or
engaged in dirty work. It is not a substitute for dungarees and shall not
be used as dungarees.
7. The First Lieutenant shall avail himself of every opportunity to have
this clothing cleaned.
8. No names, designs, or marks except the numbers prescribed in paragraph
3 shall be placed
on this clothing.