ultimately your shipmates are relying on you, while you
are on watch, to keep the command safe.
In recent years we have increased security in the
Navy because of an upswing in terrorism and the success
by some countries to obtain our secrets. It is estimated
that Russia has more than 4,000 intelligence officers
gathering information. These Russian officers work hard
and are dedicated to obtaining our secrets and
undermining our armed forces.
How can you do your share to prevent security
breaches from happening within your unit? It is not an
easy job. All hands have to take an active part, or the
efforts are wasted. When you stand duty as the POOW,
you play an important part in the security of your ship or
unit. A list of personnel who are authorized to work in
the various departments is kept in the quarterdeck area.
These people may be shipyard personnel, civilian
vendors, or even personnel attached to a repair facility.
Limiting access on a need-to-know basis is the key
to security, whether aboard a ship or at a shore station.
With people going and coming all the time, it is hard to
keep track of them. Some people require escorts and
some do not. What and who determine the rules? This
decision is governed by instructions and is enforced by
the OOD or the security force. The level of security of
the command is determined by the sensitivity of various
parts of the command and/or the state of prevention,
such as sabotage, attacks by terrorists, and so forth.
It was mentioned earlier in this chapter that the
quarterdeck area should be clear of extra people all the
time. This effort will cut down on the opportunity for
unauthorized persons to come aboard. Watch standers
have the responsibility to account for all personnel who
cross the quarterdeck. All persons coming aboard your
unit should show proper identification. If they do not
have proper identification, deny them access and contact
the OOD for guidance. OPNAVINST 5510 series gives
further details dealing with security.
What should you do when an unauthorized person
gains entrance to your ship or unit? You should sound
the proper alarm and pass the word following
instructions concerning unauthorized visitors aboard
your unit or ship. Remember, if you are in doubt as to
whether or not to sound an alarm and pass the word, do
it. The unauthorized person may be a terrorist or an
There are some areas of your ship that you cannot
watch; watching these areas is the job of the security
patrol or roving patrol. These patrols watch for fires,
out-of-the-ordinary happenings, and unauthorized
personnel. If an unauthorized person is found who
cannot account for being in a space or tries to leave the
area, an alarm should be sounded and appropriate action
taken to apprehend the person. This action is a function
of the Security Alert Team (SAT) aboard your ship.
In security matters we must always be alert for
things that may not look just right. Stay alert and watch
for anything that may threaten the lives of your
shipmates; their lives are in your hands while you are on
Small Arms and Ammunition
Weapons in the hands of inexperienced or careless
persons are largely responsible for the saying, It's
always the unloaded gun that kills. A number of duty
assignments in the Navy may require you to be armed
with a rifle or pistol. Examples of shipboard duty
assignments where you may be armed include the
forecastle, fantail, and pier security watches; examples
of ashore assignments are base security forces and the
duties of Seabee personnel. Although none of these
assignments may be included in your normal watch
standing duties, you may be required to support these or
other security forces at any time. That is why you must
be familiar with the proper use of small arms and their
safety precautions as discussed in Basic Military
Requirements, NAVEDTRA 12018.
WATCH STANDING WEAPON SAFETY.
The following safety rules should never be forgotten
when you are standing any kind of watch with a pistol:
Keep the pistol in its holster except when the
watch is relieved or circumstances require you to use the
pistol. NEVER engage in horseplay with any weapon
it can be deadly and always must be treated as such.
Never surrender your pistol to any unauthorized
The pistol normally is carried unloaded aboard
ship with one or more loaded clips (magazines) in
pouches attached to the pistol belt. Leave the clips in