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Navy Jargon

Navy language
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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
mop
swab
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