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Navy language

loose from moorings and out of control (applied to anything lost, out of hand or left lying about)

adrift

near or toward the stern of the vessel

aft-end

the entire ship's company, both officer and enlisted

all hands

an amount of money a member has coming out of his regular pay

allotment

reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply"

aye-aye

building where sailor's live

barracks

downstairs

below

brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted

brightwork

bed

bunk or rack

an anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object

buoy

an order to resume work or duties

carry on

to throw off; to let go; to unfurl

cast off

compartment in which anchor chain is stowed

chain locker

coupon or receipt book

chit; chit book

place to eat

chow hall (mess deck)

raising of a national flag at 0800 and lowering it at sunset

colors

to dispose off by throwing over the side

deep six

national flag; commissioned officer between the rank of chief warrant officer and lieutenant junior grade

ensign

snugly secured

fast

a unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water

fathom

general cleaning day, usually the day before an inspection

field day

officer responsible to the XO for the deck department/division aboard ship, or the command maintenance

first lieutenant

any commisioned officer in paygrade O-7 or above

flag officer

kitchen

galley

an opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accomodation ladder; an order meaning to clear the way

gangway

storage room

gear locker

candy, gum or cafeteria

geedunk

battle stations

general quarters

all the equipment used in mooring or anchoring a ship

ground tackle

door

hatch

bathroom

head

access box to sound-powered phone circuitry

jack box

a device to allow movement of personnel from one level to another; stairs

ladder

permission to leave the base usually for not more than 48 hours

liberty

authorized vacation

leave

lines erected around the weatherdecks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side

lifeline

ceiling

overhead

hallway

passageway

assembling of all hands for muster, instruction and inspection

quarters

a job specialty title

rating

wake up, start a new day

reveille

place to wash dishes

scullery

drinking fountain; a rumor

scuttlebutt

lock, put away or stop work

secure

hospital or medical clinic

sickbay

time to sleep, end of day

taps

five minutes before taps

tatoo

upstairs

topside

begin work

turn to

working above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance on the ship's mast

working aloft

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