During the morning watch (0800-1200), the ships
casualty alarms are tested to make sure they operate
properly. The procedure is normally kept in a notebook
in the quarterdeck area. It explains how to properly pass
the word for the test and what alarms are tested. Some
ships do not test all alarms every day. They test different
alarms on various days. However, all alarms must be
tested before getting underway. Make sure you log the
testing of alarms in the ships deck log, along with the
time of the test and the name of the alarm tested. When
the alarms are tested, they must have the proper sound.
If they do not have the proper sound, notify the OOD,
who will, in turn, have you notify the division that is
responsible for the repair work. All the alarms MUST
work properly because they are the primary means of
notifying the crew when something is wrong.
Each day the POOW having the midwatch enters the
status of the ship (moored, anchored, in dry dock, etc.),
location, services being received, ships present, and
SOPA (senior officer present afloat). Subsequent
watches make the entry moored as before or whatever
is appropriate. The following sample entries are
provided as guidance for making entries in the log. They
are not all-inclusive, nor are they in the only acceptable
style. Any entry that is complete, accurate, clear, and in
standard Navy phraseology is acceptable. Remember one
important thing about the logyou can put too little in
the log but never too much. For a more complete listing
of sample entries, see OPNAVINST 3100.7B,
Preparing, Maintaining, and Submitting the Ships
DAILY INITIAL WATCH ENTRIESIN PORT
Moored starboard side to USS TRUETT (FF
1095) with standard mooring lines in a nest of
three frigates. USS MOINESTER (FF 1097)
moored outboard of TRUETT to starboard.
TRUETT moored fore and aft to buoys B-5 and
______________, SOPA ______________.
Anchored in Berth B-4, Trinidad, the West
Indies, in 12 fathoms of water, mud bottom,
with 60 fathoms of chain to the starboard
anchor on the following anchorage bearings:
South Point Light 060, etc. Ship in condition of
___________ set and darkened except for
anchor lights. Engineering department on 30
minutes notice before getting underway. Heavy
weather plan in effect. Anchor detail standing
by. Wind 45 knots from 070. Weather reports
indicate possibility of winds up to 60 knots
Moored starboard side to Pier 3, Berth 35, U.S.
Naval Base, Norfolk, Va., with standard
mooring lines doubled. Receiving miscellaneous
services from the pier. Ships present include
_________ SOPA _________.
Resting on keel blocks in dry dock No. 3, Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.,
receiving miscellaneous services from the dock.
NOTE: On succeeding watches the first entry is
Moored as before, Anchored as before, or
Dry-docked as before.
Commenced loading (transferring) ammunition.
Completed (loading) (transferring) ammuni-
tion, having (received from) (transferred to)
USS FLINT (AE 32) 400 rounds 5/38 cal.
illum. projectiles, 250 5/38 cal. smokeless, and
250 5/38 cal. flashless charges.
USS BOULDER (LST 1190), in coming
alongside to port, carried away 39 feet of the
ship's port lifeline forward, with stanchions, and
indented the side to a depth of 4 inches over a
space 10 feet long and 4 feet high in the vicinity
of frames 46-51. No personnel casualties.