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Navy Terminology

This stack goes over common terms with new names in the Navy

Adrift Loose from moorings and out of control
Aft-end Near or toward the stern of the vessel
All hands The entire ship's company, both officer and enlisted
Allotment An amount of money a member has coming out of his regular pay
Aye-aye Reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply"
Barracks Building where Sailors live
Below Downstairs
Brightwork Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted
Bunk / Rack Bed
Buoy An anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object
Carry on An order to resume work or duties
Cast off To throw off; to let go; to unfurl
Chain locker Compartment to which anchor chain is stowed
Chit / Chit book Coupon or receipt book
Chow hall / Mess deck Place to eat
Colors Raising or lowering of a national flag, Ceremonies held at 0800 and sunset for hoisting and hauling down the national ensign
Deep six To dispose of by throwing over the side
Ensign National flag ; commissioned officer between the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fast Snugly secured
Fathom A unit of length (equal to 6 feet) used for measuring the depth of water
Flag officer Any commissioned officer in paygrade O-7 or above
Galley Kitchen
Gangway An opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder ; and order meaning clear way
Gear locker Storage room
Geedunk Candy, gum, or cafeteria
General quarters Battle stations
Liberty Permission to leave base (usually for not more than 48 hours)
Lifeline Lines erected around the weatherdecks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side
Overhead Ceiling
Passageway Hallway
Quarters Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspection
Rating A job specialty title
Reveille Wake up, start a new day
Scullery A place to wash dishes
Scuttlebutt Drinking fountain ; a rumor
Secure Lock, put away or stop work
Sickbay Hospital or Medical clinic
Swab Mop
Taps Time to sleep, end of day
Tattoo Five minutes before taps
Topside Upstairs
Turn to Begin work
Working aloft Working above the highest deck ; generally performing maintenance on the ships mast
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