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  1. #21
    Originally posted by Chrystine:

    €œ It's a person in an Engineering Department who stands a normal 4 hour watch while underway. Depending on the size of the ship and the size of the ship's Engineering Department a person might stand two to three AOW watches every four days or so.€

    Thanks very much.
    I€m still a tad €˜foggy€ regarding however, and what€s confusing my grasp here is - why is it said to be €˜auxiliary?€

    Maybe my civilian / literal interpretation of the term is the confounding-issue?

    Thanks again, if you€ll still not mind further elucidating for my benefit.
    This is all great stuff!

    ~ C.

    Auxiliary machinery is the air conditioning units, lube oil pumps, water distilling units, air compressors and other support machinery that keeps the ship alive.
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  2. #22
    €œThree Days with the US Air Force€
    A short story about why US Air Force personnel should stay off US Navy ships

    We all love to hate them. The US Air Force is some of the most spoiled brats in the US Department of Defense. They get better pay, better single living quarters, better facilities and easier military life than the other four branches (US Army, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard and US Navy). Other services require their personnel to perform a 1- mile (2.41 kilometers) or longer run every six months as part of a physical fitness test. The Air Force rides a bicycle.

    Anyway, the US Navy just introduced the JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) to their ordnance inventory. The Air Force was first into the program to use it, so they had the dubious task of training their Naval counterparts (the Aviation Ordnancman) on how to operate the test equipment, assemble and disassemble the weapons.

    When the five Air Force personnel reported onboard I gathered them up for a €œlaying down the law€ speech. I told them that we keep the berthing (crew€s bedroom) cold to keep airborne germs down, we all shower once a day to keep the germs from spreading and we do not leave our dirty work clothes lying around. They all agreed to obey the rules while they were €œGuests€ onboard €œOur€ ship.

    Now onboard ship, we have a thing called €œCoffin Lockers€. They are beds (racks) that are 3 feet (1 meter) wide by 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. They open up in the middle and they have a stanchion that holds the top in place so you can have access to your folded clothes and personal effects, (this is why we call them €œCoffin Lockers€ because they resemble a vampire€s coffin). The top is locked in place with a combination lock. You have some privacy with a couple of sliding blue curtains, but not much privacy. €œCoffin Lockers€ are the only space on the ship that is actually €œyours€ to claim.

    Well, the first night the most junior Air Force guy didn€t listen very well. He jumped up in his rack €œHot€ meaning that he didn€t shower that morning or night before he went to bed. A couple guys came up to my office and told me of the news. So I made some phone calls to the other Divisions to send me up the biggest guys they had. Some of these guys were in the ship€s €500 Club€, meaning that they could bench press 500 pounds (226 kilograms) or more with a bar bell and weights!

    So after mustering up my €œSpecial Detail€ we went down to our berthing where the Air Force guys were staying. The one junior Air Force guy was sound asleep and he didn€t lock his €œCoffin Locker€. So I had five guys grab the 1- inch (15 cm) fire hose and told them to €œstand by€. Then I had the big €œ500 Club€ guys wait until I counted to three. 1€¦2€¦3 GO!

    In unison, the big guys lifted the top of the €œCoffin Locker€ and kicked the stanchion out so the guy couldn€t escape. Then I said €œFire, Fire, Fire€¦ this guy€s Hot€¦. Fire Team advance!€ Then the five guys who were holding the 1- inch fire hose opened up the bail to the nozzle and blasted the Air Force guy with a solid stream of salt water (fresh water is conserved, so salt water from the sea is the fire fighting water). This guy was getting blasted with 150 p.s.i. of stinging salt water and we were throwing bars of soap and dumping shampoo on this guy while he was screaming like a girl.

    I was screaming at the top of my lungs €œ DIDN€T I TELL YOU TO SHOWER? NOW YOU€LL GET A TRUE NAVY SHOWER, DIRTBAG!!! €

    They whole experience felt great considering how spoiled the US Air Force are!
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  4. #24
    Naval Terminology, €œE€ List

    --'RN' denotes Royal Navy usage. Similarly, RCN = Royal Canadian Navy, RAN = Royal Australian Navy, RM = Royal Marines, RNZN = Royal New Zealand Navy, UK = general usage in militaries of the former British Empire
    --Terms in ALL-CAPS have a separate listing.

    EAB - Emergency Air Breathing mask. A sealed mask with an airhose and a quick disconnect to attach to the main

    EAB system. When using this, a crewman is said to be 'sucking rubber'.

    EB Green €" Nuke duct tape. As provided by Electric Boat (EB) Corporation, green rather than gray.

    ECMO €" Electronic CounterMeasures Officer, an NFO aboard an electronic warfare aircraft such as an EA-6B Prowler. Aka "Mushroom" or "Toadstool" (i.e. kept in the dark and fed bull****) due to the poor outward visibility of the after 2 seats in the Prowler.

    EEBD- Emergency Escape Breathing Device, a protective hood with an air scrubber that provided 15 minutes of oxygen so a sailor can escape a smoke filled compartment in the event of a fire. You couldn€t smoke a cigarette until 30 minutes after use. The reason being is because your hair and clothes would spontaneously combust in flames because of the pure oxygen that collects in hair and clothes.

    Eight o'clock Reports - Reports made by all department heads to the XO, who then takes them to the CO. The reports usually consist of equipment reports and position reports, significant events of the day or of the day to come, etc.

    ELSA - (RN) Emergency Life Support Apparatus. Consists of a clear plastic hood and an air bottle, used to escape from smoke-filled spaces. Replaced by the EEBD

    EM €" (1) Electrician€s Mate. (2) Extra Mechanic. (nuke) Electrician€s Mates often stand Motor Machinist (MM) watches to support the watchbill.

    EMCON - EMissions CONtrol. Various conditions of electronic silence. 'EMCON Alpha' is total emissions silence, 'EMCON Bravo' allows radiation of certain non type-specific emitters, etc.

    EMI - Extra Military Instruction. Duties assigned as punishment which are also intended to improve one's military knowledge. Chipping paint would not qualify as EMI, while inventorying the ship's pubs (publications) would.

    Ensign Locker €" JO (Junior Officer) berthing aboard ship.

    Enswine €" Derogatory term for an Ensign.

    EOOW - Engineer Officer Of the Watch. Pronounced 'ee-ow'.

    EOS €" Enclosed Operating Space. Space from which engineering spaces are controlled. Generally air-conditioned and soundproofed, the wimps.Essence - Good, pleasant, or attractive. "Having a totally essence time--the weather is here, wish you were beautiful."

    Evap - Distilling unit, aka 'the still'. Used to produce fresh water at sea, both for the boilers and for potable usage. For many years, vacuum "flash" evaps were used; reverse osmosis systems are becoming more common now.

    Ex €" Short for €˜exercise.€ Some forms: mobex (an evolution involving a mob, i.e. poorly organized (or not organized at all)), drunkex (q.v.), borex (a boring exercise), sinkex (an exercise whose intent is to sink a target ship).
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  5. #25
    Originally posted by AO1_AW_SW_USN:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AO1_AW_SW_USN:
    Carrier Landings €" A game involving a long flat table and, generally, a lot of beer. Participants run toward the table and dive onto it face-first. The goal is to arrive safely and not slide off the end. Refinements such as the need to engage "arresting gear" with one€s toes, "crash and smash" teams using pitchers of beer to extinguish post-crash fires, etc., are common.
    Thank you. Sounds fun. And like somthing drunk sailors would make up. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    ... did this once, and I was crashed and smashed! </div></BLOCKQUOTE> WAIT!!! Your a Navy fly boy???
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  6. #26
    AO1= Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer

    AW= Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist

    SW= Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist

    Yes sir, I was in the Aviation community.

    My job was to assemble, disassemble, load, download, store, perform inventory, survey, and handle all types of Naval Air-Launched munitions from bombs, air-launched missiles, pyrotechnics, gun-type ammunition and associated hardware and equipment!
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  7. #27
    Ordnace??? Aint that yellow???(shirts)
    P.S Cool.
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  8. #28
    Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz:
    Ordnace??? Aint that yellow???(shirts)
    P.S Cool.

    No sir, it's red. I wore a red shirt (the Crash and Salvage crews wore red as well as the Ordnancman).

    Yellow shirts are plane directors (plane taxi personnel)

    Brown shirts are plane captians They prepare their individually assigned planes by way of cleaning the aircraft, brake riding when the aircraft is re-spotted on the deck and whatnot.

    Green shirts are either ship's company personnel that operates the catapult systems and arresting gear. Or they are maintenance personnel that are assigned to the squadrons.

    White shirts are medical and safety personnal

    Purple shirts are the "Grape Apes". They're the aviation fuels personnel.

    Blue shirts are tractor drivers/chock and chain personnel.
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  9. #29
    Naval Terminology, €œF€ List

    --'RN' denotes Royal Navy usage. Similarly, RCN = Royal Canadian Navy, RAN = Royal Australian Navy, RM = Royal Marines, RNZN = Royal New Zealand Navy, UK = general usage in militaries of the former British Empire
    --Terms in ALL-CAPS have a separate listing.

    *** - Fighter-Attack Guy. The pilot of an F/A-18.

    Fairwater €" (1) Submarine) The more modern term for the conning tower of a submarine. (2) A structure on a ship which is designed to deflect or redirect water flow.

    Fairwater Planes €" Diving planes located on a submarine€s fairwater.

    Fake Down €" To lay out a line to permit free running while maintaining seamanlike appearance. Generally used for large-diameter lines. The line is laid out in long parallel lines, generally starting up against a bulwark or deck edge and working inboard from there.

    Fall of Shot €" Point of impact of a shell or salvo of shells

    Fancy Dinns €" (UK) Steak and wine night at sea. Usually hosted by the various departments

    Fang Bosun (or Farrier) €" Dentist.

    Fanny €" (UK) A mess tin. Named for Fanny Adams, a girl who was murdered and dismembered about the same time that tinned meat was introduced into the Royal Navy.

    Fantail €" The aft-most weather deck on a ship, right above the stern.

    Fart Sack €" Sleeping bag. (common usage among ground forces of various countries) Can also refer to fitted mattress covers aboard ship.

    Fast Attack - Refers to submarines whose primary missions are sealane control, anti-shipping operations, anti-submarine warfare, and intelligence operations.

    Fast Cruise €" A training exercise whereby the ship simulates being underway while remaining tied to the pier. Generally the brow and all shore services are secured and the ship is on internal systems only. (I hated Fast Cruises. You€re still tied to the pier and you can€t go home until the next day)

    FBM €" Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine; an earlier term for a Ballistic Missile Submarine, i.e. BOOMER.

    Feather €" In an aircraft, to rotate the propeller blades of a stopped engine into the wind. This reduces the drag of the stopped propeller by a tremendous amount.

    Feather Merchant €" A lightweight, i.e. someone who doesn€t hold up his end, or doesn€t do his (or her) share of the work. An older term, circa WW II, not frequently seen now.

    FESTA - Fire Extinguishing System, Twin Agent. An installation which pairs an AFFF-dispensing system with a PKP-dispensing system. Often found in engineering spaces. An obsolete term; replaced with TAU (q.v.).

    FFG €" Guided Missile Frigate.

    Fiddlers Green €" Sailor€s heaven.

    Field Day - To scrub or otherwise clean a ship's spaces. Usually ordered when the COB or the XO thinks morale is low.

    Fig €" Spoken form of the ship designation FFG (Guided Missile Frigate).

    Fightertown €" Miramar NAS, located near San Diego, California.

    Final Diameter €" The diameter of a circle inscribed by a turning ship once it has stabilized in its turn. Smaller than the ship€s TACTICAL DIAMETER.

    Fire For Effect €" A signal indicating that the correct spots have been applied and rounds are falling on target; the firing battery should begin rapid fire.

    First Lieutenant - (1) (USN) Deck Division officer aboard ship, or officer responsible for general seamanship and deck evolutions. In a ship with a large deck department, especially where it is key to the ship's mission, such as a carrier or amphib, generally the deck department head. As used, it€s an assignment, not a rank. (2) (RN) Executive Officer of a ship, if a Lieutenant Commander or below. (3) A commissioned officer€s rank, O2, in the Marine Corps or USAF/USA. For an officer, one step up from the bottom, rankwise.

    Fish €" (1) Torpedo. (2) The expendable portion of the XBT (q.v.), a streamlined weight and sensor fitted with a wire dispenser. (3) The sound-generating towed body of a NIXIE (q.v.) installation.

    Fisheyes €" Tapioca pudding.

    Fish Head - (RN) WAFU term for the rest of the RN surface crowd.

    Fist - (RN) To make a 'good' fist of something is to do it well. To make a 'real' fist of something is to do it badly.

    Five S€s €" The tradition steps to prepare for a formation or liberty:

    Flag €" An admiral, aka "Flag Officer" because such officers are entitled to fly a flag denoting their rank.

    Flaming Datum - A burning ship, or a missile breaking water. See also DATUM.

    Flashing €" A navigational light (whether buoy or lighthouse) which is off longer than it is on. See also OCCULTING.

    Flat Top €" Aircraft carrier.

    Fleet Up €" To promote from within.

    Flemish €" To coil a line on deck so that it can run freely while maintaining a seamanlike appearance. Generally used for lines of small diameter. The line is laid in a flat, close-coiled spiral on the deck.

    Flinders Bar €" Bar with spherical correcting magnets. Found on a binnacle.

    Float Test - Testing the buoyant qualities of unwanted material while at sea. Whether it passes the test or not, it is outta here.

    Floor €" In naval architecture, a horizontal structural surface which does not extend the full length of the ship. Think of it as a deck which does not run the full length of the ship.

    Flotsam €" Floating wreckage released from a sunken ship. See also JETSAM.

    Foc€sle €" The phonetic spelling for €˜forecastle€, the forward-most part of the ship.

    FOD - Foreign Object Damage. Can be used as a noun ("Look at the piece of FOD I picked up.") or a verb ("Dave FODded his engine last night.") Any object, including people, which might be sucked into, and thereby damage, a jet engine.

    FOD Burger €" Someone who has become FOD.

    FOD Walkdown - (1) Unpopular activity aboard aviation ships where all personnel not on watch line up and walk the flight deck from end to end, picking up any object that might damage an engine or, if picked up by jet blast, an eye. The human broom picking up any and every small item on the flight deck.

    Fougasse €" The combination of an explosive charge and a container of gasoline. Used as an antipersonnel weapon.

    Foul Bore €" (1) In gunnery, an unsafe condition where the bore of the gun is not clear after firing. It may be obstructed by a stuck shell casing, an entire round, or other unwanted foreign material.

    Foul Deck - A flight deck which is unsafe for landings. May be due to a crash, location of an aircraft, gear or personnel, or the condition of the deck surface.

    Foul Deck Waveoff €" A WAVEOFF given due to a foul deck.

    Foul Line - Painted lines on the flight deck which delineate an area which must be kept clear for flight operations to proceed safely.

    Four to Eight €" the 0400 to 0800 watch.

    Four-ringer - (RN) Captain.

    Fox One (Two, Three, Four) - Used to report the launch of a air-to-air missile, from the 'Foxtrot' (F) of the phonetic alphabet. 'Fox One' is a semi-active radar-homing missile, e.g. Sparrow (AIM-7). 'Fox Two' is a heat-seeking missile, e.g. Sidewinder (AIM-9). 'Fox Three' is an active radar-homing missile--either Phoenix (AIM-54) or the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile (the Air Force sometimes uses Fox Three to report firing of guns.) 'Fox Four' is sometimes used derisively to refer to a midair collision.

    Foxtail €" A long, narrow cleaning brush.

    Fresh Air Snipe - Rates which spend at least some of their time in the engineering spaces, and are members of the Engineering Dept., but do not work solely with engineering machinery. Includes rates such as IC (Interior Communications Electrician) and EM (Electrician's Mate), though nuke EMs are seldom seen outside the plant.

    Fresnel Lens €" aka The Lens, a gyro-stabilized arrangement of lights that gives a carrier pilot glideslope information during his approach to landing, or when simulating same ashore. A glowing yellow image, 'THE BALL,' is visible to the pilot on approach. A horizontal row of green €˜DATUM€ lights represents the perfect glideslope angle. The ball moves vertically on the Fresnel lens array as the aircraft moves up and down the glideslope; a high ball€"i.e. the ball is above the datum lights€"indicates that the aircraft is above the optimum glideslope. If the ball is lined up with the datum lights, the aircraft is correctly positioned on the glideslope. The ball appears red if the pilot gets dangerously low. The lens also has red lights mounted on it which can be used to give WAVEOFF and CUT commands. Fresnel lens installations are also found on almost all Naval Air Station runways. A simplified form of the lens is mounted on ships which operate helicopters.

    Friday/Sunday Routine - (RN) Field day aboard, followed by CO's rounds. A cake or a couple of cases of beer are awarded to the cleanest mess on the ship.

    Fritz €" (US Army, Marines) Term for the modern Kevlar helmet worn by US forces, which bears a strong resemblance to the helmets worn by the German military during WW II.

    FTN Space (the) - An obscure, hard-to-get-to space, compartment, or void; used to hide from officers or chiefs. According to legend, some ships have had such spaces which do not show up on the official blueprints at all. Persistent rumors exist of entire, fully-outfitted machinery spaces which do not officially exist on the ship€s drawings.

    Fun Boss €" Person in change of setting up recreational opportunities during a port call or shore det.
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  10. #30
    Why is a ship referred to as "she?"

    It has always been customary to personify certain inanimate objects and attribute to them characteristics peculiar to living creatures. Thus, things without life are often spoken of as having a sex.

    Some objects are regarded as masculine. The sun, winter, and death are often personified in this way. Others are regarded as feminine, especially those things that are dear to us.

    The earth as mother Earth is regarded as the common maternal parent of all life. In languages that use gender for common nouns, boats, ships, and other vehicles almost invariably use a feminine form.

    Likewise, early seafarers spoke of their ships in the feminine gender for the close dependence they had on their ships for life and sustenance.
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