Injuries, accidents, and casualties
Salutes fired and flags displayed
Arrivals and departures of the commanding
officer and executive officer and, if on board, flag
officers and civil officials
Observance of sunrise and sunset
Reports made to the OOD; for example, fuel and
water, chronometer, magazine temperatures, and
WATCH, QUARTER, AND STATION BILL
For any ship to carry out its assigned missions and
tasks, it must have an administrative organization. In the
organization, every person is assigned one or more
tasks. Personnel are trained so they can do their jobs.
The ships organized plan for action is contained in
the battle bill. The battle bill is based on the organization
manual and other publications and directives. The battle
bill contains lists of stations that must be manned during
battle and at other specified times. Using the
organization manual and the battle bill as references,
each division officer and division chief assigns qualified
personnel in the division to the stations and enters their
names on the watch, quarter, and station (WQS) bill.
The WQS bill displays in one place your duties for
each emergency and watch condition. It also shows your
administrative and operational duties.
Contents of the Watch, Quarter, and Station
The WQS bill lists, by billet number and rate,
divisional stations to be manned for various situations.
The billet number consists of either four numbers or a
letter and three numerals. The first number (or letter)
indicates the persons division; the second number
indicates the section; the last two numbers show the
persons seniority in the section. Figure 3-1 shows the
assignments for personnel in the first section of the first
Look at figure 3-1. The first column shows the billet
number. The second column shows your name. Your
bunk and locker numbers are usually the same. There
are three columns under rate: the first column shows the
wartime complement, the second the peacetime
allowance (usually less than for wartime), and the third
lists the rates actually on board.
Often, cleaning stations are omitted, since they are
posted in a separate cleaning bill.
There are three columns under the BATTLE
STATIONSCondition I, Condition II, and Condition
III. Condition I is general quarters. Under Condition I
all battle stations are manned, and usually surface or air
action is imminent (about to take place). Condition I is
sometimes modified to let a few persons at a time rest on
station or to let designated personnel draw rations for
delivery to battle stations (condition IE). Condition II
is a special watch used by gunfire support ships for
situations such as extended periods of shore
bombardment. Condition III is the normal wartime
cruising watch. Normally, when cruising under
Condition III, the ships company stands watch on a
basis of 4 hours on, 8 hours off; about one-third of the
ships armament is manned in the event of a surprise
Assignments to the SELF-DEFENSE FORCE vary
according to ship type. The purpose of the self-defense
force is to provide a capability for reacting to emergency
security situations aboard ship and at pierside to protect
the ship, its sensitive equipment, and its personnel.
The next column, EMERGENCY GETTING
UNDER WAY, is for use in-port when most of the crew
is ashore and the ship must get under way before
personnel can be recalled.
There are two columns under WATCH DETAIL.
The left column is for normal peacetime cruising, or
Condition IV. The number of watch sections depends
on the type of ship and the number of personnel aboard.
The right column lists the type of watch personnel will
stand in-port (Condition V). The time of the watch is
posted on a separate in-port watch list.