When receiving a message, first repeat back the
message, identify yourself, and then acknowledge the
Prepare to anchor in fife minutes; focsle, aye.
Slack off stern line; fantail, aye.
Both Sending and Receiving
The following are examples of sending and
receiving a message:
Fantail, bridge; report the status of slacking off the
Report status of slacking off the stern line; fantail,
aye; stern line is slack
Main engine control, bridge; report which boilers
are on the line.
Report which boilers are on the line; main engine
control, aye; wait.
Bridge, main engine control; boilers too, tree, and
fo-wer on the line.
Boilers too, tree, and fo-wer on the line; bridge,
When a message is not clear to the listener at the
receiving end, the receiver should say, Say again. For
example, damage control central wants repair two to
send a submersible pump to repair three. The central
talker says, Repair too, central; send one submersible
pump to repair tree.
Repair two does not understand this message, so the
talker there says, Central, repair too; say again.
Central repeats the message and repair two
acknowledges by saying, Send one submersible
pump to repair tree; repair too, aye.
Difficult words are spelled by using the phonetic
alphabet preceded by the prowords (procedural words)
I spell. Pronounce the word before and after spelling
it. For example:
Focsle-I spellFOXTROT OSCAR ROMEO
ECHO CHARLIE ALFA SIERRA TANGO LIMA
Temporarily Leaving the Circuit
When a phone talker is relieved by another talker,
the phone talker must request permission to change
phone talkers. If a talker is exchanging a faulty set of
phones for a good set, the phone talker must request
permission to change phones.
Bridge, after steering; request permission to
change phone talkers.
Bridge, combat; request permission to change
Once the talker has been given permission to go off
the circuit and the talker rejoins the circuit, the report
Bridge, combat; back on the line.
Before securing the phones, you must always get
Fantail asks, Bridge, fantail; request permission to
Bridge says, Request permission to secure; bridge,
The bridge talker gets permission from the OOD for
the person on the fantail to secure, then says,
Fantail, bridge; secure.
Fantail replies, Fantail, aye; going off the line.