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Chapter XI. Information, Please!

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There is much information in the preceding ten chapters. All of it is valuable to the men in "amphib" who man the LCM(3) and the LCVP and it cannot be mastered in just one speedy reading. Certain sections in particular, such as the ones dealing with the boat and engine checks, will stick with you only if you make a real effort to remember them.

To help you review the subject matter more easily this "quiz chapter" has been prepared. Questions on the contents of the book are listed below. Some of the questions are true or false, others are multiple choice, matching, or completion type.

Correct answers to the questions are given at the end of this chapter.

Questions on Chapter III

  1. What is the weight of the LCVP? (Check the answer which is most nearly correct.)
    (a) 81/2 tons   (c) 131/2 tons
    (b) 91/2 tons   (d) 161/2 tons
  2. How long is the LCVP?
    (a) 28 feet   (c) 34 feet
    (b) 30 feet   (d) 36 feet
  3. The normal cruising range of the LCVP is about:
    (a) 75 miles   (c) 125 miles
    (b) 100 miles   (d) 150 miles
  4. Cargo capacity of the LCVP is:
    (a) 7,500 lbs.   (c) 9,000 lbs.
    (b) 8,100 lbs.   (d) 10,000 lbs.
  5. An extension of the keel which protects the screw and rudder is called the:
    (a) keel line   (c) double bottom
    (b) screw puller   (d) skeg
  6. Ramp latches also are called:
    (a) gizmos   (c) dogs
    (b) clips   (d) gaskets
  7. The sheave is a kind of:
    (a) hook   (c) pulley wheel
    (b) cogwheel   (d) worm gear
  8. The tachometer registers:
    (a) oil pressure   (c) water temperature
    (b) rpm's   (d) amperage
  9. The LCM weighs about:
    (a) 15 tons   (c) 25 tons
    (b) 20 tons   (d) 30 tons
  10. The LCM can transport a tank or vehicle weighing up to:
    (a) 10 tons   (c) 22 tons
    (b) 17 tons   (d) 30 tons
  11. The LCM's normal speed is:
    (a) 6 m.p.h.   (c) 13 m.p.h.
    (b) 10 m.p.h.   (d) 18 m.p.h.


  1. The hull of the LCM is made mostly of:
    1. plywood
    2. steel
    3. mahogany
    4. plastic layers
  2. How many gallons of fuel are carried by the LCM?
    (a) 200   (c) 400
    (b) 300   (d) 500
  3. The LCM's marine diesels have a total horsepower of:
    (a) 225 h.p.   (c) 450 h.p.
    (b) 350 h.p.   (d) 500 h.p.
  4. The LCM's automatic winch is powered by:
    1. an electric motor
    2. the starboard engine
    3. both engines
    4. the port engine
  5. The lazarette is a:
    1. storage space
    2. winch
    3. ramp guard
    4. hatch
  6. Hoisting pads are:
    1. similar to rope fenders
    2. threaded metal caps
    3. metal plates supporting rings
    4. heavy cables fastened amidships
  7. Cowl vents on the LCM open into the:
    1. engine room
    2. cargo space
    3. pilot house
    4. wing tanks
  8. The LCVP carries a 70-lb. Danforth Anchor (True...... False......).
  9. The hoisting sling is used to transport casualties (True...... False......).
  10. "Boathook" is another name for grapnel (True...... False......).
  11. A tarpaulin is a protective canvas cover (True...... False......).
  12. The fuel tank sounding rod is used to find the amount of oil in the fuel tanks (True...... False......).
  13. The LCVP's and LCM's fire extinguishers are charged with:
    1. sodium chloride
    2. Manganese dioxide
    3. carbon dioxide
    4. Hydrogen chloride

Questions on Chapter IV

  1. Men with civilian experience as heavy truck drivers usually make good coxswains (True...... False......).
  2. 20/20 vision is required in coxswains and engineers (True...... False......).
  3. A high score on the Navy Reading Test helps a man to be chosen as a signalman on a "VP" or "M(3)" (True...... False......).
  4. Each boat crew member must be familiar with the work of all men in the crew (True...... False......).

Questions on Chapter V

  1. It is practically impossible to start the Gray Marine Diesel if the batteries are too weak to turn it over (True...... False......).
  2. Sand traps filter:
    1. salt water
    2. fresh water
    3. fresh and salt water
    4. bilge water


  1. Battery water should be how far above the plates?
    1. one inch
    2. 3/8 inch
    3. 2/3 inch
    4. 11/2 inches

    Note: The next 11 questions deal with the daily boat and engine check. In the space behind each statement, place an "E" if the check is made by the engineer and a "C" if made by the coxswain. Question number 32 is answered to serve as a sample.

32. Check batteries __E__
33. Turn grease cups down _____
34. Fire extinguisher _____
35. Emergency tiller _____
36. Life jackets _____
37. Fuel supply _____
38. Fresh drinking water _____
39. Surge tank _____
40. Lubricating oil _____
41. Ramp winch and cable _____
42. Oil and fuel lines _____
  1. The safety pawl is found on the:
    1. ramp
    2. sea strainers
    3. winch
    4. scraper handle
  2. The ramp cables are checked to see that they are secure, unfrayed, and __________.
  3. When painting the LCVP or LCM care is taken to avoid painting over __________.
  4. SPDC stands for __________.

Questions on Chapter VI

  1. The flow of water pulled into a boat's screw is called __________ current.
  2. The LCVP is characterized by shallow __________, high __________, and a __________ bow.
  3. Normal engine oil pressure on Gray engine is:
    (a) 10-20 lbs.   (c) 30-40 lbs.
    (b) 20-30 lbs.   (d) 40-50 lbs.
  4. The ammeter should not show a reading of over:
    (a) +10 amps   (c) +20 amps
    (b) +15 amps   (d) +30 amps
  5. The salt water cooling system is drained if there is danger of the thermometer falling below:
    (a) 32°   (c) 22°
    (b) 27°   (d) 0°
  6. Normal oil temperature for the LCVP's diesel is:
    1. 130°-150°
    2. 150°-180°
    3. 180°-210°
    4. 210°-230°
  7. When docking with little wind or current the __________ (bow or stern) line is secured first.
  8. When mooring with tide or current astern the __________ (bow or stern) line is secured first.
  9. __________, __________, and maneuvering space influence docking and coming alongside.
  10. Usually it is easier to anchor the LCVP's or LCM's from the __________ (bow or stern).
  11. Troops descend the cargo net by holding on the __________ (horizontal or vertical) ropes.


  1. The LCVP or LCM is run to the beach:
    1. on the crest of a breaker
    2. between breakers
    3. just behind the crest
    4. just ahead of the crest
  2. When beaching the __________ is grounded along its entire length.
  3. To avoid broaching it is helpful to keep the seas __________.
  4. When retracting, the rudder should be set __________.
  5. In retracting, if the bow swings to starboard apply __________ (left or right) rudder.
  6. An experienced LCM coxswain can steer the boat with the rudder or the __________.
  7. While an LCM is beached the stern falls off to starboard. This can best be corrected by gunning the:
    1. port engine
    2. starboard engine
    3. Port and starboard engines

Questions on Chapter VII

  1. Traffic laws for boats are know as __________.
  2. A boat which is overtaking another has the right-of-way (True __________ False __________).
  3. A sailing vessel, powered by wind alone, has the right-of-way at all times (True __________ False __________).
  4. A tow boat has no special privileges (True __________ False __________).
  5. During a landing operation a loaded boat gives way to an empty boat if the latter is retracting (True __________ False __________).

    Look at number one in the first column. Then find the answering hail in column two used when the President is aboard an approaching boat. Place the letter of the correct answer on the line before number one. (See example).

Senior Officer or Official Hail
__C__ 70. President A. "Hello"
_____ 71. Secretary of the Navy B. Give name of ship
_____ 72. Commander of fleet C. "United States"
_____ 73. Captain of a ship D. "Skipper"
_____ 74. Other commissioned officer E. "No-No"
_____ 75. Other officer F. "Men"
_____ 76. Enlisted men and Marines G. "Fleet"
_____ 77. Boat not intending to come alongside H. "Aye-Aye"
  I. "Navy"
  J. "Passing"
  1. Three types of buoys found in U.S. waters are: __________, __________, and __________.
  2. When coming in from sea, the buoy marking the port side of the channel is:
    1. red and marked with an odd number
    2. black and marked with an odd number
    3. red and marked with an even number
    4. black and marked with an even number
  3. An obstruction is marked by a buoy which is:
    1. yellow
    2. white with a green top
    3. striped with horizontal black and red bands
    4. striped with horizontal black and white bands


  1. The small craft warning is:
    1. a red pennant
    2. two red pennants
    3. a square red flag
    4. two square red flags
  2. The small boat stadimeter measures:
    (a) altitude   (c) drift
    (b) direction   (d) distance
  3. A boat on a compass course of 269° is headed almost directly:
    (a) north   (c) south
    (b) east   (d) west
  4. Compass variation refers to the difference between true north and the direction in which the compass needle points.
    (True __________ False __________)
  5. A __________ knot serves as a temporary eye in the end of a line.
  6. __________ helps to prevent the end of a rope from fraying.

Questions on Chapter VIII

  1. Which of the following is not usually a member of the salvage boat crew?
    1. radioman
    2. hospital corpsman
    3. deckhand
    4. water tender
  2. The salvage boat's most important job is to:
    1. transfer troops to the beach
    2. keep sea approaches to a beach clear
    3. salvage broached boats quickly
  3. The towline must be paid out carefully at the stern to avoid __________.
  4. The coxswain of a boat pulled free of the beach runs his engine in reverse at 1500-1800 rpm to help the salvage boat tow his LCVP through the surf. (True __________ False________.
  5. In towing alongside, the tow rides forward of the tow boat. (True __________ False __________)

Questions on Chapter IX

  1. D-day in Europe was set when the tide was high along the Normandy coast. (True __________ False __________)
  2. During ebb tide the water level goes down. (True __________ False 
  3. Horizontal movements of water are known as __________.
  4. A single breaking wave is called:
    (a) a comber   (c) a crest
    (b) surf   (d) a breaker
  5. The "valley" between waves is:
    (a) the crest   (c) the swell
    (b) the trough   (d) a surf zone
  6. Every seventh breaker in a series is higher than the preceding six. (True __________ False __________)
  7. Swells may start to shore from one or two thousand miles at sea. (True __________ False __________)

Questions on Chapter X

  1. The areas in which landing boats lie off a transport while waiting to load are called __________.
  2. To load, landing boats come alongside the transport at __________ stations.
  3. From the transport, landing boats go to the:
    1. line of departure
    2. transfer line
    3. surf line
    4. rendezvous area


  1. Beaches are named for:
    (a) birds   (c) colors
    (b) flowers   (d) animals
  2. The assault on the beach is followed by the __________ phase.
  3. __________ set along the beach show the coxswain where to beach with a load of rations, fuel, ammunition, and so forth.

How well did you do? To find out compare your answers with the correct answers on the following pages. Your score is the number of right answers. If you have 95 or more you did very well. From 88 to 94 is good, and 79 to 87 is average.


Answers to Questions

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Chapter III

  1. 81/2 tons
  2. 36 feet
  3. 100 miles
  4. 8100 pounds
  5. skeg
  6. dogs
  7. pulley wheel
  8. rpm's
  9. 25 tons
  10. 30 tons
  11. 10 m.p.h.
  12. steel
  13. 400
  14. 450 h.p.
  15. port engine
  16. storage space
  17. metal plates supporting rings
  18. engine room
  19. false
  20. false
  21. false
  22. true
  23. true
  24. carbon dioxide

Chapter IV

  1. true
  2. false
  3. true
  4. true

Chapter V

  1. true
  2. salt water
  3. 3/8 of an inch
  4. E (sample)
  5. E
  6. C
  7. C
  8. C
  9. E
  10. C
  11. E
  12. E
  13. E
  14. E
  15. winch
  16. greased or lubricated
  17. moving parts or the ramp gaskets
  18. Spare Parts Distribution Center

Chapter VI

  1. suction screw
  2. draft, freeboard, spoon
  3. 40-50 lbs.
  4. +30 amps.
  5. 27°
  6. 180°-210°
  7. bow
  8. stern
  9. wind, current
  10. stern
  11. vertical
  12. just behind the crest
  13. keel
  14. dead astern
  15. amidships
  16. right
  17. engines
  18. port engine

Chapter VII

  1. Rules of the Road
  2. false


  1. false
  2. true
  3. true
  4. C
  5. I
  6. G
  7. B
  8. H
  9. E
  10. A
  11. J
  12. nun, can, spar
  13. black and marked with an odd number
  14. striped with horizontal black and red bands
  15. a red pennant
  16. distance
  17. west
  18. true
  19. bowline
  20. whipping

Chapter VIII

  1. water tender
  2. keep sea approaches to beach clear
  3. fouling the screw
  4. false
  5. true

Chapter IX

  1. false
  2. true
  3. currents
  4. a breaker
  5. the trough
  6. false
  7. true

Chapter X

  1. assembly circles
  2. debarkation
  3. rendezvous area
  4. colors
  5. cargo
  6. landing point markers


[End of Chapter 11]

Published: Tue Mar 24 10:57:27 EDT 2015