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Navy Terminology

List of words in the navy Start guide

QuestionAnswer
Loose from moorings and out of control (applied to anything lost, out of hand, or left lying about) adrift
Near or toward the stern of the vessel aft-end
The entire ship's company, both officer and enlisted all hands
An amount of money a member has coming out of his regular pay allotment
Reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply" aye-aye
Building where Sailors live barracks
Downstairs below
Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted brightwork
Bed bunk or rack
An anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object buoy
An order to resume work or duties carry on
To throw off; to let go; to unfurl cast off
Compartment in which anchor chain is stowed chain locker
Coupon or receipt book chit, chit book
Place to eat chow hall (mess deck)
Raising or lowering of a national flag, Ceremonies held at 0800 and sunset for hoisting and hauling down the national ensign colors
To dispose of by throwing over the side deep six
National flag; commissioned officer between the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade ensign
Snugly secured fast
A unit of length (equal to 6 feet) used for measuring the depth of water fathom
Any commissioned officer in paygrade O-7 or above flag officer
Kitchen galley
An opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder; an order meaning to clear the way gangway
Storage locker gear locker
Candy, gum or cafeteria geedunk
Battle Stations general quarters
Permission to leave base (usually for not more than 48 hours) liberty
Lines erected around the weatherdecks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side lifeline
Ceiling overhead
Hallway passageway
Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspection quarters
A job specialty title rating
Wake up, start a new day reveille
Place to wash dishes scullery
Drinking fountain; a rumor scuttlebutt
Lock, put away or stop work secure
Hospital or Medical clinic sickbay
Mop swab
Time to sleep, end of day taps
Five minutes before taps tattoo
Upstairs topside
Begin work turn to
Working above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance on the ship's mast working aloft
Created by: bassbone1992