The Navy Department Library
Manual of Commands and Orders
The purpose of this publication is to make available a number of the more frequently used commands and orders. Standardization of commands and orders will reduce the number of mistakes which result from misunderstanding and misinterpretation.
All hands should be reasonably familiar with all commands and orders listed. All hands should be thoroughly familiar with the commands used in their department.
The publication is divided into the sections: Gunnery, Seamanship, Engineering, and General. The commands and orders pertinent to these general divisions are listed with their definitions. The commands and orders are also listed alphabetically with the section designated in which they may be found.
This is a preliminary edition. Before the final edition is published it is desired to obtain comments, criticisms and recommendations for the improvement of the manual. All comments and requests for additional copies should be sent to the Interior Control Board, Room 2732, Navy Department, Washington 25, DC.
Commands and Orders
"There is a sharp distinction between an order and a command, although both are used somewhat indiscriminately in referring to either. An order leaves the manner of execution in general up to the recipient of the order. An order does not always specify just when it shall be executed, but frequently fixes a certain time by which it must be executed. A command leaves nothing to the discretion of the recipient. It usually is peremptory, arbitrary, and implies execution at the time of its receipt unless otherwise specified."
Action Starboard (Port)
Command from either Conn or Control to train out directors and guns and form an ammunition train, given when target is first sighted or suspected. Applies also to torpedo directors and tubes.
Air (Surface) (Land) Target
This states the type of target to be expected. Directs preliminary dispositions for type target designated.
Be on the watch for planes; guns train to established standby positions covering their sectors.
All Stations Report When Manned and Ready
A command given by Control while the circuit is being manned. Stations reply in numerical order. If a station misses, it comes in at the end.
A command given when it is desired to allow the men to relax at their stations.
Guns are fired automatically by a gyro device as the ship rolls the guns across the target.
A method of rapid fire using a fixed range, or fuze setting; so that the target if it continues its course and speed will pass through it. The barrage must be relaid depending upon the movements of the target.
Fire at a shore target.
A command to extinguish searchlight arcs.
Resume normal service of the battery. This command usually follows Silence. Also to continue with any type of work.
Cease Firing, Cease Firing
Stop firing. Loaded guns will with permission of CO be unloaded by methods ordered from control unless previously directed to use another procedure, and will not be re-loaded until directed. This command does not necessarily mean the action is over. On this command gun captains report in order to control the rounds fired, conditions, guns and casualties.
Stop following the target and resume "alert" positions at stations.
Stop firing temporarily. All other functions of the control party and the gun crew continue. Loaded guns will remain loaded except that projectiles must not remain in hot guns; unload such guns according to ship's doctrine. Given normally when a short period of time is desired between salvos for shifting targets, introducing spots, etc. Remain ready to resume fire instantly.
The whole battery fires at the same target.
Commence Firing, Commence Firing
Common, (High Explosive) (Illuminating) (Armor Piercing) Projectile
Directs preparation to fire the type of ammunition indicated.
Several ships fire at a single target.
Direct the method of master key which consist of keeping all director optics on the target horizon at all times. The master key may then be closed at any time.
The firing is not stopped for spots or corrections. Applies only to ships having automatic control of guns. Guns fire as soon as loaded, if at firing elevation. If necessary for guns to go to "loading" position then guns fire.
Dip and Convergence
Set dip and convergence in yards.
Firing at a target that can be seen.
Director Continuous Fire
The director fires each turret when ready.
A method of control in which the guns are trained and elevated either automatically or by matching indicators operated by director and associated instruments and as corrected by them.
Director (One) (Two) Control
Places the designated director in control.
Places each director in control of its own battery guns.
The battery is divided into groups firing at two or more targets.
All hands on deck drop down on their faces to avoid bomb fragments. The command ordinarily will only be given after aircraft have been observed to reach a bombing position, to have released their bombs, and just before the bombs reach the surface.
A statement made by the gun or director as he closes the firing key. It is a warning that the circuit has been closed. Care must be taken to avoid using "Fire" except when it is desired to actually shoot.
Fire 1, Fire 2, etc.
Used in torpedo control. Fire torpedoes from No. 1 tube, No. 2 tube, etc.
Directs the type of fire in which each gun is fired individually and when ready, without regard for the condition of readiness of other guns.
A command by Conn, to Control, to illuminate an arc or bearing. In the case of starshell illumination, Illuminate is a command for all or designated gun to load starshells. Directs pointer to close firing key. In the case of searchlight illumination, Illuminate is a command for searchlights to open shutters.
In Manual (40 mm)
The mount is operated by hand power.
A method employed when the remote control system having failed, it is still possible to follow the signals transmitted from a distant station by manually matching indicators in the elevation, train, and fuze setting indicators.
Firing at a target that cannot be seen.
Individual Turret Fire
Each turret keeps firing locally. The director uses continuous aim.
Ladder In [ ] Yard Steps
A command from controlling spotter, to control party, to run a continuous in ladder.
Ladder Out [ ] Yard Steps
A command from controlling spotter, to control party, to run a continuous out ladder.
Lay For Starshell Spread to Starboard (Port)
A command from Control to guns when a starshell spread is to be fired. Load guns with starshells, elevate, and offset train dials in accordance with doctrine.
Lay Mechanically In Elevation
The gun pointers use their handwheels to lay the gun at a certain elevation ordered by telephone or visual battle order.
To load the gun. If this command is omitted the gun is loaded at the command "Commence Firing."
All guns follow the target with their telescope or open sights and fire locally. Values of range, deflection, and fuze settings are determined at the guns.
Manned and Ready
Each station reports "Manned and Ready" to Control when the station has been placed in the fully ready condition, with sufficient personnel present to service the station using primary methods. Control reports "Manned and Ready" to Conn when all stations have reported.
Master Key Fire
Several guns are fired by one firing key usually located at the director. On this command gun pointers close and lock firing keys, and set firing circuit transfer switches on "Motor Generator".
Match parallax zero readers to make the guns toe in on a single target.
Match Pointers (Zero Readers) In Train (Elevation)
A command from the Control to guns (searchlights) to match coarse [course] and fine dials on the indicators.
Reported by director, trainer, and pointer when they are on target.
Open (Close) Shutters
A command by Control to open (or close) the searchlight shutter.
Set parallax range in yards.
Pointer (Trainer) Key Fire
Each gun or turret is fired by its own pointer's or trainer's key.
Prepare to Illuminate on Bearing by [ ] Searchlight and/or Starshell
Command given by Conn, to Control, preparatory to illumination.
The normal method of director control using director's electronic fire control equipment or director's telescopes to range and bear on the target. The guns are usually in automatic. Plots send elevation and deflection as gun elevation order and gun train order.
The distance to the target reported form spotter, range-finder, or electronic equipment, or to set the range in yards on range dial or sword arm; this gives the elevation necessary to propel a projectile a given distance.
Rapid Continuous Fire
Each gun in each turret fires when loaded and ready.
The director fires whenever a certain number of turrets are ready. In case of rapid fire guns this is synonymous with continuous fire.
Each gun (mount or turret) reports "ready" to Control as soon as there are sufficient men at the station to fire a gun at a reduced rate by local method. Control reports "ready" to Conn or Bridge as soon as one gun can be fired.
Repel [ ] Attack (Dive Bomber) (Torpedo Plane/PT)
A command to discontinue all other action. Guns to go to designated sector and to open fire automatically in accordance with doctrine on any place (etc.) sighted in the assigned sector.
Put all ammunition in the loading line back into ready racks, or boxes, and fill up the empty spaces with ammunition from the magazines.
Report at once any materiel and personnel casualties. More detailed reports should be made as the opportunity permits, but serious damage or injuries should be reported at once. After firing runs such reports are routine.
Resume Fire, Resume Fire
A command to continue fire after "Check Fire" has been given.
Resume Sectors or Take Sectors
Guns resume or assume ready status in their assigned sector.
Rocking Ladder Yard Spread Yard Steps
A command from controlling spotter, to control party, to alternate ladder in and out.
When two or more guns of the same battery fire at once at the same target.
Any secondary method of gun control resorted to when primary method has failed. It includes telescope control, local control, and indicating control.
Secure From General Quarters
(Set Condition II/III Watch 1/2/3)A command from Conn, repeated by Control, to secure or set condition of readiness designated.
Set Switch in Automatic
The switch is set so that pointer and training motors are controlled by the director.
Set Switch in Local High
The switch is set in local high when the control is at the gun, and it is necessary to train and elevate rapidly.
Set Switch in Local Low
The switch is set in local low when the control is at the gun, and it is necessary to train and elevate slowly.
(Usually in mils - but sometimes arbitrary)Set deflection in mils on the deflection scale.
A command to the director or to a gun to fire a salvo or split salvo. (It is used when the control officer wishes to control personally the rate of fire.)
Shift to Automatic
Guns cut in the power drives and receiver regulators and follow the director automatically by remote control.
Shift to Indicating
Gun pointers and trainers use their handwheels to train and elevate the gun, and matching pointers or zero readers in their indicators. Fuze settings indicated by fuze setting indicators.
Shift to Telescope
Gun pointers and trainers use their handwheels to train and elevate the gun and sight through their gunsight telescopes.
Set the sight angle in minutes on the sight angle dial.
Used in case of serious casualty, or in case of doubt as to the seriousness of the casualty. On this command every member of the gun crew, ammunition party and all in the vicinity, freeze in their tracks and remain there motionless without noise or confusion until further orders are given, or they hear the command "Carry On". All operating machinery (hoists, train, elevation, etc.), should be stopped!
Firing a salvo only after the one before it has landed and its spot has been applied.
Solution or Plot Ready
Plot has solved the problem and is ready to open fire.
When less than the full number of guns in a multiple gun mount, or mounts, is ordered to fire on one salvo signal, the salvo is a split salvo. Split salvos may be used to reduce dispersion, conserve ammunition, or reduce salvo interval.
Sprawl -- See Drop Down
All hands on deck drop down on their faces to avoid bomb fragments. The command ordinarily will only be given after aircraft have been observed to reach a bombing position, to have released their bombs, and just before the bombs reach the contact point.
To be ready to act in relation to any operation. For example, in gunnery, a warning that "Commence Firing" may follow in a few seconds.
Allows the men to relax at their stations.
Start Tracking or Track
The control party starts tracking (following) the target. After this command the entire battery is in condition to open fire at a moment's notice using primary methods of control.
At this command:
- ammunition parties prepare to send up or break out ammunition.
- gun crews take their assigned stations, and prepare to service the battery.
- hydraulic motors are started.
- all control and director parties assume positions to open fire.
Searchlights establish the arc with shutters closed for the purpose of quick illumination or for warming up or testing.
Be on the watch for torpedo attack; assume standby positions.
Gun crews and others proceed to gun crew shelter on the double. Given when angle of elevation is such as to permit shell fragments falling on deck, or to avoid a spray gas attack.
Take Dive Attack Sectors
Place battery in fully ready condition to repel a surprise glide, dive or strafing attack. Guns elevate 60° and trained in center of own sector.
Target Aircraft Sighted Bearing One Eight Zero Position Angle Two Five
Contact report sent to Air Defense, and in case of local control to the guns as well.
Target, Destroyer of the [ ] Class Sighted Bearing Zero Four Five
Contact report sent to Control and Plot by the spotter. Conn states exactly by type and bearing the target to be taken under fire. Control gives this same information to the guns so that if they must go to local control they may do so intelligently. Director trainer and pointer report to Control when on target, using the expression "On Target".
Telescope control is that method of control in which the guns are pointed and/or trained locally by telescope, but the values of range deflection and fuze settings are transmitted from a control station. It does not necessarily mean that the guns are fired locally.
Test telephones, voice tubes, salvo signals, cease firing, and all firing circuits. Guns report on condition of all items orally or by blinking ready light if all circuits test properly.
Directs the members of the control party responsible for signals transmitted from the director to the battery to test the accuracy of transmission thereof, including: elevation (auto and indicating), train (auto and indicating), sight setting, fuze setting, battle order, shell order, shutter order.
A condition of readiness for repelling a torpedo attack. All antisubmarine gun crews and control parties report to their stations on the double. Engineering and Damage Control stations go on the alert.
All Hands Up Anchor or All Hands Bring Ship to Anchor
All hands to quarters. Divisions (whose duty it is) stand by ground tackle. Used in peace time, or in ceremonies.
The anchor has broken ground.
Avast or Avast Heaving
Stop, or stop heaving.
To make fast to a pin or cleat. Cancels or negates an order or information.
To make fast; that is, to bend a cable is to make it fast to the anchor.
Boat the Oars
Place the oars in the boat.
Carrying [ ] Degrees Rudder, Sir
Report by helmsman to relief or conning officer giving average number of degrees right (left) rudder required to keep ship on course due to wind, tide, etc.
Cast Off All Lines
Let go all lines.
Catch a Turn
To take a turn with a rope quickly, usually for holding it temporarily.
Men on number (two) line take turns and take a strain on this line. Release when a strain increases and check again. This order used when it is desired to check the ship's movement and not necessarily to stop it or to ease a parting line.
- To seize a rope and haul away
- To make more, as clap on sail
Clear for Running
Ready to run out without fouling.
Clear the Forecastle
To have all personnel clear the forecastle and seek shelter.
Come Right to Course
Make a slight change in course; usually a change of less than fifteen degrees.
Double Up and Secure
Run out one or more bights and secure the lines.
Pay out enough to remove most of the strain.
Ease the Rudder
Decrease the present rudder angle; given when the ship is turning too rapidly or is coming to the heading required, for example, "Ease to 10".
Fore in Hand
To hold a line by hand while being made fast to a cleat.
Get Out All Lines
Get all lines over to the piers.
Give Her More Rudder
Increase the rudder angle already on, to make her turn more rapidly.
An order to begin rowing (pulling boats).
Slowly and carefully with the emphasis on carefully as "Walk Back Handsomely".
To bring in the anchor. To revolve the drum of a capstan, winch or windlass.
Heave in chain until anchor is at short stay, (i.e. just resting on the bottom).
An order to haul up or commence hoisting.
Take additional turns of line on bits and hold fast.
An order to check a pulling boat's headway by holding the blades of the oars vertically in the water with the oars at right angle to the keel.
An order to the bow oarsman or oarsmen to boat their oars and stand by with boat hooks for a landing.
Keep Her So
Given when the steersman reports her heading and it is desired to steady her.
Lay In Oars
An order to a pulling boat's crew to stop pulling and to hold their oars with the blades horizontal and the oars at right angles to the keel of the boat.
An order to let the oars fall from the position of toss into the rowlocks.
Let the anchor drop. (Knock the stopper clear of the chain).
Let Go the Painter
Order to the man in the bow handling the painter, to let go bow line.
Lower Away Together
Lower both falls or lines on the boat together.
Lower Forward (Aft)
Lower the fall or line which is forward or aft.
Man the Chains
Leadsman report to chains with lead line preparatory to taking soundings.
Man Your Boat
Put on life preservers, or not according to standing orders and take station in your boat.
Use the rudder to check the ship's swing. Usually given when the ship's head is nearing the desired course.
Mind Your Rudder
A warning to exact more careful steering, or to put the steersman on the alert for the next command.
Nothing to the Right (Left)
This command is given when all small variations from the course must be kept to the left or right as the case may be.
An order to stop pulling temporarily and to lay on oars.
To rig out the oars in the rowlocks ready for pulling.
To hold line with a stopper or to reeve and secure a stopper.
Pipe Down, Set the Watch, 1st Section
At Pipe Down just after getting underway, men fall out from quarters and continue ship's work.
To pass a rope through an aperture.
Right (Left) 10 Degrees Rudder
Indicates a turn of the rudder a designated number of degrees to the right or to the left of amidships.
Right (Left) Full Rudder
Give all of the left or right rudder than can be obtained without danger of jamming rudder against ship.
Right (Left) Handsomely
To change the rudder angle with care, as in coming alongside a dock.
Right (Left) Standard Rudder
Indicates a turn of the rudder to the right or left of amidships that number of degrees necessary to make a turn with standard tactical diameter.
Place the rudder in line with the keel of the ship.
Rudder [ ] Degrees Right (Left), Sir
A report from the helmsman to the Conning Officer stating the degrees of the angle of the rudder.
Secure the Anchor
Stow the anchor and secure it for sea.
Take in the slack and take a strain on running gear preparatory to heaving it in. This is given before the order "Hoist Away".
She Does Not Answer Helm, Sir
A report from the steersman that there is lack of steerageway, or a casualty to the rudder mechanism. Example, "Ship's head is swinging left, Sir, rudder is full right; ship does not answer helm."
Shift the Rudder
Change from right to left or left to right rudder using the same amount on the opposite side.
Take in all additional parts, leaving a single line at each station.
Cast off all but one turn from the bitts and slack line so that it dips sufficiently to be observed as slack by the officer conning from the bridge. Do not allow line to sag into water.
Take off turns and give the line slack.
Pay out the line, allowing it to form ann easy bight.
Stand By Your Lines
Man the lines, ready to cast off.
Stand By the Oars
An order given to prepare to get the oars up or out.
Steady As You Go
Keep Her So
Maintain the course the vessel is on at the instant of command.
The slowest speed at which the ship will steer.
Steer Astern of Ship Ahead
Follow in wake of ship ahead.
Steer Course Zero, Four, Zero
A command directing the helmsman to steer the course given.
An order give to propel a pulling boat astern by the use of the oars.
An order to lay hold of a rope and pull away.
Take in the Slack
Heave in on the line, but do not take a strain.
Take a Heavy Strain
Pull in on the line to as much tension as you think it will stand. If winch is available use it.
Take a Strain
Put the line under tension.
An order given to raise the oars from the rowlocks to a perpendicular position, blades fore and aft, with the handles resting on the bottom of the boat.
When the two blocks of a tackle have been drawn as close together as possible. All the way up. This is said of boats, flags, or any objects which are hoisted with block and tackle.
Slack up quickly. This order is normally used after "Walk Back Handsomely."
An order given to raise the oars from the boat to a position of toss.
To slack off and allow to run out.
Veer and Haul
To slack up and haul away alternately.
Keep the gear in hand but walk back with it towards the belaying point. This is usually used with "Handsomely" to prevent losing control of the boat before the fore-in-handling has been tested.
An order given to finish the stroke, toss and boat the oars.
What's Your Heading
A request to the steersman to report the course he is on.
Cut In Steam and Exhaust to the Anchor Engine
Order given by the Officer of the Watch that valves in the steam and exhaust lines leading to the anchor engine are to be opened in preparation for using the anchor engine.
Make all speed possible with the power available.
One quarter more than standard speed except for cruisers, destroyers, light mine layers and fast aircraft carriers. In cruisers, destroyers, light mine layers and fast aircraft carriers it is ten knots more than standard speed.
Forward Gyro Out, All Repeaters Shifted to After Compass
A report that master compasses have been shifted.
One eighth more than standard speed except for cruisers, destroyers, light mine layers and fast aircraft carriers. In cruisers, destroyers, light mine layers and fast aircraft carriers it is five knots more than standard speed.
Number Three Smoking Black
The smoke watch reports that boiler #3 is making black smoke.
One Thousand Yards to Go
Information from the bridge as to the distance to go before anchoring.
Permission Is Granted to Blow Tubes On All Steaming Boilers
Permission is given by the Officer of the Deck to the engineers to remove soot (by blowing) when the wind is favorable and when authorized by the officer in tactical command.
Permission Is Granted to Remove Stack Cover
Permission is granted by the Officer of the Deck to remove stack cover.
Port Engine Ahead Standard
To achieve the speed previously determined as standard. Orders relative to speed and direction of engines are given in the following sequence:
- designate engine or engines.
- designate direction.
- designate speed.
Shift Steering Control to the Conning Tower
Engage conning tower steering wheel and take steering control at Conn.
A formation speed in knots through the water set by the officer in tactical command of the unit.
Stand By for a Mark on Gyro Repeaters
Compare compass repeaters with the standard compass.
Stand By to Test Out the Main Engine
Order given by the chief engineer to the fireroom that steam will be needed.
Start Warming Up Number (Three and Four) Generators
An order to cut in the steam to the turbines of these generators slowly so that they may be warmed up and made ready for use.
Steam Is On the Anchor Engine
The anchor engine is ready for use; applies to steam anchor engines only.
Warm Up All Booster Pumps and Stand By
An order to cut in the steam and warm up the pumps so that they may be used for transferring fuel oil.
When a message is received over I.C. system it must be acknowledged at once, i.e. "Foc's'le aye, aye".
Trice (tie) bedding to the life lines for airing.
All Hands to General Quarters
All hands man battle stations on the double.
All Hands to Quarters
All men assemble in their assigned parades for muster, or Captain's inspection.
All Men In [ ] Division Lay Up to the Quarterdeck
To muster at the designated place.
Away Fire and Rescue Party
Fire and rescue party muster with gear and be prepared to shove off to assist another ship in distress.
Belay That, or Belay the Last Word
Pay no attention to the command or order given, or cease action if the order has been placed partially into action.
Sprinkle water on the deck and swab down. Used in the tropics to keep the decks cool. Lower deck spaces also used for periodic minor cleanups of quarter deck, companion way, etc.
Extinguish lights in accordance with ship's "DARKEN SHIP" instructions.
(Sail, Light, etc.)To take, or lower a sail, to put out a light, to cover with water.
Drop Down (See Sprawl)
All hands on deck drop down on their faces to avoid bomb fragments. The command ordinarily will be given only after aircraft have been observed to reach a bombing position, to have released their bombs, and just before the bombs reach the contact point.
Dry Down the Decks
Squilgee (Squeegee) Down the Decks
To dry the decks, usually with a rubber scraper designed for this purpose, but they may be dried with a swab.
Indicates fire -- take action in accordance with ship's instructions.
Flemish Down Boat Falls (or Other Lines)
To coil a line compactly and flat on the deck from the inside out in a clockwise direction.
Roll awnings and secure them.
Emergency drills for all hands, such as general quarters, abandon ship, fire, and collision.
All hands man battle stations on the double.
Haul Over All Gun Covers (or other covers as directed)
Put the stated covers on to protect from moisture.
Haul Over Hatch Hoods
Put hatch hoods in place.
Keep Silence About the Decks During Divine Service; Knock Off All Games and Radio, the Smoking Lamp is Out Throughout the Ship
After church call sounds the directions given will be carried out. This word is generally passed simultaneously with church call.
Knock Off Bright Work
Stop shining brass work, and stow gear used for cleaning.
Knock Off Scrubbing Clothes
Cease scrubbing clothes.
Lay Aft All the Eight O'Clock Reports or Make All the Eight O'Clock Reports
Heads of the departments report to the Executive Officer that the ship is secured.
Lay Aft the Anchor Watch to Muster
Anchor watch men serve as messengers for the Officer of the Deck. They muster at 2000 and set the first watch at 2100 when the ship is at anchor.
Lay Aft to the Fantail All Mess Cooks
Muster aft as directed.
Lay Below All Cooks and Messmen
All men go to their assigned messes, or draw gear for their assigned messes.
Lay Forward (or Aft) All the Sideboys
Two to eight sideboys report as directed. Sideboys are detailed from all divisions to tend the ship's side.
Lay Up All Running Gear
Move all lines, blocks, hatch gratings, and other movable gear to keep it dry.
Lead Out Wash Deck Hose
Connect deck hose to fire-main.
Make Up All Hatch Hoods
To take the hatch covers off, roll and secure them.
Man the boat, or boats and pick up the man as soon as possible. Special conditions are set for war time.
Clear mess decks. (Gives mess cooks opportunity to lay out their gear).
Now Hear This
A phrase that calls attention to an order or command about to follow.
On Deck the Starboard Watch (or Section) Relieve the Wheel and Lookouts
An order to change a watch.
On the Double
On the run, quickly.
Double time.Over the Side All Side Cleaners
Two or more side cleaners are detailed form all deck divisions to keep the ship's sides clean.
Pipe Down Hammocks
Take hammocks to assigned billets, or let down bunks.
Pipe to Breakfast (Dinner or Supper)
Go to chow. (Breakfast, dinner or supper).
All hands assemble at established parade.
Scrub and Wash Clothes or Pipe Down Your Scrubbed and Washed Clothes
Order to wash clothes after the decks are wet down.
Scrub Bags (Hammocks or Mattress Covers)
(as the case may be) Order given on certain days after the washing of clothes.
Scrub Down the Decks With (Without) Sand; Scrub the Paint Work
Perform this work as directed.
Secure From Darkened Ship or Light Ship
Resume conditions of lighted ship. The smoking lamp is lighted unless otherwise ordered.
Secure From Battle Stations General Quarters (Set Condition Two/Three, Watch 1, or 2, or 3)
Certain battle stations are made fast or secured, and others left manned according to the condition of readiness ordered.
Shift to Uniform of the Day
All hands shift into uniform of the day except as directed to do otherwise.
Slack Off Halyards
To give slack to the hoisting lines in wet weather to prevent lines from becoming too taut.
Smoking Lamp Is Lighted
Smoking is permitted throughout the ship, or in a designated area of the ship.
Smoking Lamp Is Out (or Out On the Foc'sle)
No smoking is permitted in the ship or in a given area of the ship.
Stretch awnings in place.
Stand By Your Hammocks
Go to hammock nettings or bunks and face aft.
Allows the men at station to relax at their stations.
Strike the Ship's Bell
Swab Down (Deck)
Wash down deck.
Sweepers Man Your Brooms. (Clean Sweep Down Fore and Aft)
Assigned sweepers sweep as directed.
Take Clothes and Wash (Forward) and Stop Them On the Line
Tie the clothes on the line on the stated part of the ship.
Gun crews and others proceed to gun crew shelter on the double. Given when angle of elevation is such as to permit shell fragments falling on the deck or to avoid a spray gas attack.
Trice Clothes Line Clear of the Deck
Hoist clothes lines so that they do not interfere with other ship's work.
Commence ship's work.
Turn To, Wet Down the Deck
Wet and scrub down the decks.
Uniform of the Day is Undress Blue and White Hats
An order stating the uniform of the day, in this case undress blue.
Up All Hammocks
At 0700 all men who have mid-watches must get up and stow their hammocks.
An officer's response indicating that the situation is understood, for example, given to the steersman after his report. "All right" should not be used since it might be construed to mean "right rudder".
In this section the commands are listed alphabetically. Their definition will be found listed in the section indicated.
|Air (Surface) (Land) Target||Gunnery|
|All Hands From L Division Lay Up to Quarterdeck||General|
|All Hands to General Quarters||General|
|All Hands to Quarters||General|
|All Hands Up Anchor or All Hands Bring Ship to Anchor||Seamanship|
|All Stations Report When Manned and Ready||Gunnery|
|Automatic Key Fire||Gunnery|
|Avast or Avast Heaving||Seamanship|
|Away Fire and Rescue Party
|Belay That or Belay the Last Word||General|
|Boat the Oars||Seamanship|
|Carrying [ ] Degrees Rudder, Sir||Seamanship|
|Cast Off All Lines||Seamanship|
|Catch a Turn||Seamanship|
|Check Fire--Check Fire||Gunnery|
|Clear for Running||Seamanship|
|Clear the Forecastle||Seamanship|
|Come Right to Course||Seamanship|
|Commence Firing, Commence Firing||Gunnery|
|Common (High Explosive) (Illuminating) Projectile||Gunnery|
|Cut In Steam and Exhaust To the Anchor Engine||Engineering|
|Dip and Convergence||Gunnery|
|Director Continuous Fire||Gunnery|
|Director (One) (Two) Control||Gunnery|
|Double Up and Secure||Seamanship|
|Drop Down (Preferably Sprawl)||Gunnery & General|
|Dry Down the Decks -- Squilgee (Squeegee) Down the Decks
|Ease the Rudder||Seamanship|
|Fire 1, Fire 2, etc.---||Gunnery|
|Flemish Down Boat Falls (or Other Lines)||General|
|Fore In Hand||Seamanship|
|Forward Gyro Out, All Repeaters Shifted to After Compass||Engineering|
|Get Out All Lines||Seamanship|
|Give Her More Rudder||Seamanship|
|Haul Over All Gun Covers (or Other Covers) as Directed||General|
|Haul Over Hatch Hoods||General|
|Individual Turret Fire||Gunnery|
|In Manual (40 mm)
|Keep Her So||Seamanship|
|Keep Silence About the Decks During Divine Service; Knock Off All Games and Radio, the Smoking Lamp is Out Throughout the Ship||General|
|Knock Off Bright Work||General|
|Knock Off Scrubbing Clothes
|Ladder In [ ] Yard Steps||Gunnery|
|Ladder Out [ ] Yard Steps||Gunnery|
|Lay Aft All the Eight O'Clock Reports or Make All the Eight O'Clock Reports||General|
|Lay Aft the Anchor Watch to Muster||General|
|Lay Aft to the Fantail All Mess Cooks||General|
|Lay Below All Cooks and Messmen||General|
|Lay for Starshell Spread to Starboard (Port)||Gunnery|
|Lay Forward (or Aft) All the Sideboys||General|
|Lay Mechanically in Elevation||Gunnery|
|Lay On Oars||Seamanship|
|Lay Up All Running Gear||General|
|Lead Out Wash Deck Hose||General|
|Let Go the Painter||Seamanship|
|Lower Away Together||Seamanship|
|Lower Forward (or Aft)
|Make Up All Hatch Hoods||General|
|Manned and Ready||Gunnery|
|Man the Chains||Seamanship|
|Man Your Boat||Seamanship|
|Master Key Fire||Gunnery|
|Match Pointers (Zero Readers) in Train (Elevation)||Gunnery|
|Mind Your rudder||Seamanship|
|Nothing to the Right (Left)||Seamanship|
|Now Hear This||General|
|Number Three Smoking Black
|On Deck the Starboard Watch (or Section) Relieve the Wheel and Lookouts||General|
|On Target, or Target||Gunnery|
|On the Double||General|
|One Thousand Yards to Go||Engineering|
|Over the Side All Side Cleaners
|Permission is Granted to Blow Tubes on All Steaming Boilers||Engineering|
|Pipe Down Hammocks||General|
|Permission is Granted to remove Stack Cover||Engineering|
|Pipe to Breakfast (Dinner or Supper)||General|
|Pipe Down, Set the Watch, 1st Section||Seamanship|
|Pointer (Trainer) Key Fire||Gunnery|
|Port Engine Ahead Standard||Engineering|
|Prepare to Illuminate on Bearing [ ] by Searchlight and/or Starshell||Gunnery|
|Rapid Continuous Fire||Gunnery|
|Repel Dive, PT, Torpedo, Plane Attack||Gunnery|
|Resume Fire, Resume Fire||Gunnery|
|Resume Sectors or Take Sectors||Gunnery|
|Right (Left) 10 Degrees Rudder||Seamanship|
|Right (Left) Full Rudder||Seamanship|
|Right (Left) Handsomely||Seamanship|
|Right (Left) Standard Rudder||Seamanship|
|Rocking Ladder Yard Spread Yard Steps||Gunnery|
|Rudder [ ] Degrees Right (Left), Sir||Seamanship|
|Scale (Usually in mils - but sometimes arbitrary)||Gunnery|
|Scrub and Wash Clothes or Pipe Down Your Scrub and Wash Clothes||General|
|Scrub Bags (Hammocks or Mattress Covers) As The Case May Be||General|
|Scrub Down the Deck With (Without) Sand; Scrub the Paint Work||General|
|Secure From Darkened Ship or Light Ship||General|
|Secure From Battle Stations General Quarters (Set Condition Two/Three, Watch 1, or 2, or 3)||Gunnery|
|Secure the Anchor||Seamanship|
|Set Switch in Automatic (40 mm)||Gunnery|
|Set Switch in Local High (40 mm)||Gunnery|
|Set Switch in Local Low (40 mm)||Gunnery|
|She Does Not Answer Helm, Sir||Seamanship|
|Shift Steering Control to the Conning Tower||Engineering|
|Shift the Rudder||Seamanship|
|Shift to Automatic||Gunnery|
|Shift to Indicating||Gunnery|
|Shift to Telescope||Gunnery|
|Shift to Uniform of the Day||General|
|Slack Off Halyards||General|
|Smoking Lamp Is Lighted||General|
|Smoking Lamp is Out (or Out On the Foc's'le)||General|
|Solution or Plot Ready||Gunnery|
|Sprawl (See Drop Down)||Gunnery|
|Stand By for a Mark On Gyro Repeaters||Engineering|
|Stand By the Oars||Seamanship|
|Stand By To Test Out the Main Engine||Engineering|
|Stand By Your Hammocks||General|
|Stand By Your Lines||Seamanship|
|Stand Easy||Gunnery andGeneral|
|Start Tracking or Track||Gunnery|
|Start Warming Up Number Three and Four Generators||Engineering|
|Steady; Steady As You Go; Keep Her So||Seamanship|
|Steam Is On the Anchor Engine||Engineering|
|Steer Astern of Ship Ahead||Seamanship|
|Steer Course Zero, Four, Zero||Seamanship|
|Strike the Ship's Bell||General|
|Swab Down (Deck)||General|
|Sweepers Man Your Brooms. Clean Sweep Down Fore and Aft
|Take a Heavy Strain||Seamanship|
|Take Clothes and Wash (Forward) and Stop Them on the Line||General|
|Take a Strain||Seamanship|
|Take Cover||General andGunnery|
|Take Dive Attack Sectors||Gunnery|
|Take in the Slack||Seamanship|
|Target Aircraft Sighted Bearing One Eight Zero Position Angle Two Five||Gunnery|
|Target Destroyer of the [ ] Class Sighted Bearing Zero Four Five||Gunnery|
|Trice Clothes Lines Clear of the Deck||General|
|Torn To, Wet Down the Decks||General|
|Uniform of the Day Is Undress Blues and White Hats||General|
|Up All Hammocks||General|
|Veer and Haul||Seamanship|
|Warm Up All Booster Pumps and Stand By||Engineering|
|What's Your Heading||Seamanship|