Navy Terminology

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AdriftLoose from moorings; out of control
Aft-EndNear or toward the stern of the vessel
All HandsAn entire ship's company, both officer and enlisted
AllotmentAn amount of money a member has coming out of his pay
AthwartshipAcross; at right angles to
Aye-AyeReply to an order or command meaning, "I understand and will comply."
BarracksBuilding where sailors live
BowThe forward end of a ship or boat
BrightworkBrass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted
Bunk or RackBed
BuoyAn anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object
Carry OnAn order to resume work or duties
Cast OffTo throw off; to let go; to unfurl
Chain LockerCompartment in which an anchor chain is stowed
Chit or Chit BookCoupon or receipt book
Chow Hall or Mess DeckPlace to eat
ColorsRasing and lowering of the national flag; ceremonies held at 0800 and sunset
CompanionwayDeck opening giving access to a ladder
CompartmentInterior space of a ship
DeckFloor; a horizontal planking or plating that divides a ship into layers
Deep SixTo dispose of by throwing over the side
EnsignThe National Flag
FastSnugly secured
FathomA unit of length equal to six feet, used for measuring the depth of water
Field DayGeneral cleaning day, usually the day before an inspection
First LieutenantAn officer responsible to the XO for the deck department/division aboard ship, or the command maintenance
Flag OfficerAny commissioned officer in paygrade O-7 or above
FlatPlating or grating installed to provide working or walking surfaces
Fore and AftLengthwise direction on a ship
Forecastle DeckA deck above the main deck and at the bow
Gallery DeckFirst half or partial deck below the flight deck on an aircraft carrier
GangwayAn opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder; an order meaning to clear the way
Gear LockerStorage room
GeedunkCandy, gum, or cafeteria
General QuartersBattle stations
Ground TackleAll of the equipment used in the mooring or anchoring of a ship
HullThe supporting body of a ship
Jack BoxAccess box to sound-powered phone circuitry
KeelThe backbone of a ship
LadderA device that allows movement from one level to another; stairs
LevelsA general term used to designate deck heights above the main deck
LibertyPermission to leave the base, usually for not more than 48 hours
LifelinesLines erected around the weatherdecks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side
PortTo the left of the centerline when facing forward
QuarterdeckAn area designated for the conduct of official functions
QuartersAssembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspection
RatingA job specialty title
ReveilleWake up, start a new day
SculleryPlace to wash dishes
ScuttlebuttDrinking fountain; a rumor
SecureLock, put away, or stop work
SickbayHospital or medical clinic
StarboardTo the right of the centerline when facing forward
SternThe aftermost part of a vessel
TapsTime to sleep; end of day
TattooFive minutes before taps
Turn ToBegin work
Water LevelThe waterline along the hull of a ship afloat
Working AloftWorking above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance on the ship's mast

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