concurrent salute also haul down, on the last gun, the
flag or pennant displayed in honor of the visitor.
If the ship visited is moored to the pier in
such a position that it is impractical to render the
gun salute before arrival on board, the salute is
renderedprovided local regulations do not forbid gun
salutesafter the official arrives on board and the
commanding officer is sure that the dignitary and party
are moved to a position in the ship that is well clear of
the saluting battery.
The boat or vehicle is piped as it comes
The visitor is piped over the side; and all
persons on the quarterdeck salute and the guard presents
arms until the termination of the pipe, flourishes, music,
or gun salute, depending on which is rendered last.
If the gun salute is not prescribed on arrival and
a flag or pennant is to be displayed during the visit, it is
broken at the start of the pipe.
The piping of the side, the ruffles and
flourishes, and the music are executed in the order
named. In the absence of a band, To the Colors is
sounded on the bugle, instead of the national anthem,
The visitor, if entitled to 11 guns or more, is
invited to inspect the guard upon completion of the gun
salute or is given such other honors as may be accorded.
On departure, the honors prescribed for an official
visit are as follows:
The rail is manned, if required.
The command Attention is sounded as the
visitor arrives on the quarterdeck.
When the visitor is ready to leave the ship, the
guard presents arms, all persons on the quarterdeck
salute, and ruffles and flourishes, followed by music, is
sounded. The visitor then is piped over the side. The
salute and present arms terminates with the call. If no
gun salute is fired, the flag or pennant displayed in honor
of the visitor is hauled down.
The boat or vehicle is piped away from the side.
If a gun salute is directed upon departure, it is
fired when the visitor is clear of the side. If a flag or
pennant is displayed in honor of the visitor, it is hauled
down with the last gun of the salute.
When possible, the same honors and ceremonies are
rendered for an official visit to a naval station.
Side Boys.Sides boys is a traditional term which
is used for male and female members of this detail. As
mentioned earlier in this chapter, the first impression a
visitor gets of your ship or unit is that of the quarterdeck
area. When side honors are rendered, side boys are
usually posted. They always should appear sharp and
squared away. Their uniforms should be immaculate,
and their hair should be well trimmed. They must be
properly trained to perform their duties. If they are not
properly trained, it will reflect negatively on all
Special evolutions involve many out of the normal
routine events that may occur aboard ship. The following
are some of these special evolutions:
Hazards of electromagnetic radiation to
ordnance (HERO) restrictions
Refueling and defueling
Working over the side
When you are standing POOW duties, you will be
responsible for knowing the flags and pennants
associated with each of the special evolutions. You also
should be aware of any special rules and regulations that
pertain to each event.
Details concerning each of the evolutions listed, and
others, can be found in the local Senior Officer Present
Afloat (SOPA) regulations.