principles involved also apply to watches
PERFORMANCE OF DUTY ON
The following instructions paraphrase the
Standard Organization and Regulations of the
U.S. Navy (SORN), OPNAVINST3120.32B. The
SORN should be used as a general guide for
standards met by all watch standers, As a watch
stander, you are responsible for the following:
Proper performance of all duties prescribed
or your watch. All persons in your charge
will be subject to your orders.
Remain responsible for your watch and
remain on station until properly relieved.
You should require the same of all persons
on watch with you. You should instruct them
as necessary in the performance of their
duties. Ensure that they are at their stations
and are attentive, alert, and ready for duty.
You should train yourself and your subor-
dinates to foresee situations that may arise
and take corrective actions as required.
Conduct yourself in a smart and military
manner at all times.
Use phraseology that is customary to naval
personnel when issuing orders and making
Demand of yourself and others formality
in all relationships while on watch.
Promptly inform appropriate persons of
matters concerning your watch so they can
properly perform their duties.
Make all required inspections and any
additional inspections necessary to ensure
that the duties of the watch are properly
PREPARATION FOR THE WATCH
There is a good deal of preparation required
before the OOD assumes a deck watch in port.
As a matter of routine, the relieving OOD should
review the Plan of the Day and local command
instructions. This includes those of the senior
officer present afloat (SOPA); and unit policy
concerning existing or special situations.
Generally, all basic information needed by the
OOD is contained in a folder that is kept on the
Some of the most important aspects of the
watch that the in-port OOD should consider are
listed below. Based on the experience of the OOD
or under special circumstances, the OOD should
also consider other aspects not listed below.
Anchor in use and scope of chain
Depth of water and type of bottom
Lines in use, if alongside
Anchorage bearings, if at anchor
Weather conditions expected and
preparations for them
State of tide
Boiler and auxiliaries in use
SOPA and other ships present
Location of the flag officer (if any),
captain, executive officer, and depart-
Senior officer aboard and senior duty
Number of boats in the water, their
locations, and boat officers available
Absentees, prisoners, and duty lists
General appearance of the ship
Orders for the day and special orders
Liberty sections, time liberty expires,
and approximate number of personnel
Status of planes, if any
Work or drills in progress or scheduled
Visitors on board or expected and any
orders concerning them
Workers or other authorized civilians on
If at night, designated ready lifeboat and
any morning orders for the anchor watch
SETTING THE WATCH
Setting the watch occurs with a change of
watch conditions within the ship. A watch is set
upon getting underway, mooring, and changing
the conditions of readiness. Personnel assigned
to watch stations are responsible for setting the
watch and for making the watch station ready to
function as rapidly as possible. They are also
responsible for ensuring that necessary equipment,
material, and personnel are on station.
RELIEVING THE WATCH
Relieving the watch is a controlled and precise
function. Experience has shown that the ability