Navy Terminology

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Loose from moorings; out of controlAdrift
Near or toward the stern of the vesselAft-End
An entire ship's company, both officer and enlistedAll Hands
An amount of money a member has coming out of his payAllotment
Across; at right angles toAthwartship
Reply to an order or command meaning, "I understand and will comply."Aye-Aye
Building where sailors liveBarracks
The forward end of a ship or boatBow
Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than paintedBrightwork
BedBunk or Rack
An anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an objectBuoy
An order to resume work or dutiesCarry On
To throw off; to let go; to unfurlCast Off
Compartment in which an anchor chain is stowedChain Locker
Coupon or receipt bookChit or Chit Book
Place to eatChow Hall or Mess Deck
Raising and lowering of the national flag; ceremonies held at 0800 and sunsetColors
Deck opening giving access to a ladderCompanionway
Interior space of a shipCompartment
Floor; a horizontal planking or plating that divides a ship into layersDeck
To dispose of by throwing over the sideDeep Six
The National FlagEnsign
Snugly securedFast
A unit of length equal to six feet, used for measuring the depth of waterFathom
General cleaning day, usually the day before an inspectionField Day
An officer responsible to the XO for the deck department/division aboard ship, or the command maintenanceFirst Lieutenant
Any commissioned officer in paygrade O-7 or aboveFlag Officer
Plating or grating installed to provide working or walking surfacesFlat
Lengthwise direction on a shipFore and Aft
A deck above the main deck and at the bowForecastle Deck
First half or partial deck below the flight deck on an aircraft carrierGallery Deck
An opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder; an order meaning to clear the wayGangway
Storage roomGear Locker
Candy, gum, or cafeteriaGeedunk
Battle stationsGeneral Quarters
All of the equipment used in the mooring or anchoring of a shipGround Tackle
The supporting body of a shipHull
Access box to sound-powered phone circuitryJack Box
The backbone of a shipKeel
A device that allows movement from one level to another; stairsLadder
A general term used to designate deck heights above the main deckLevels
Permission to leave the base, usually for not more than 48 hoursLiberty
Lines erected around the weatherdecks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the sideLifelines
To the left of the centerline when facing forwardPort
An area designated for the conduct of official functionsQuarterdeck
Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspectionQuarters
A job specialty titleRating
Wake up, start a new dayReveille
Place to wash dishesScullery
Drinking fountain; a rumorScuttlebutt
Lock, put away, or stop workSecure
Hospital or medical clinicSickbay
To the right of the centerline when facing forwardStarboard
The aftermost part of a vesselStern
Time to sleep; end of dayTaps
Five minutes before tapsTattoo
Begin workTurn To
The waterline along the hull of a ship afloatWater Level
Working above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance on the ship's mastWorking Aloft