Drills and Emergencies
In the Navy you have been taught that training pays
off. The more you train, the better you perform. The
same is true with drills. Drills are held for only one
reason and that is to be prepared in a real situation.
Proper damage control training has made the
difference between winning and losing battles on
As a petty officer you will be assigned greater
responsibility within the damage control (DC)
organization. You may be assigned duties as a division
damage control petty officer (DCPO), which is covered
in chapter 6, or in any other position in DC. You may be
called on to assist in training assigned personnel. As a
trainer, you must ensure that your trainees are capable
and ready to respond should damage occur. All damage
control personnel must know how to apply the correct
principles and use the materials available in the most
effective way possible. That knowledge can be gained
only through education, training, and actual practice.
Injury or incapacity of one individual should not
significantly reduce the effectiveness of any damage
control function. For example, repair party personnel
must be jacks-of-all-trades. They should be able to
do each others jobs, and this can be done only by cross
training in each others skills. In an emergency,
widespread capability may be needed to save a ship.
As mentioned earlier, your duties as the POOW are
many and varied. One of your most important jobs is
safety. Safety is not yours alone, but a responsibility of
all hands. The greatest killer of our people is a disregard
for safety when doing a task. As you perform your
duties, you should watch for violations of safety rules.
When you notice a safety violation being committed,
you should remain calm and explain to the violator what
is being done wrong and how to correct the situation.
Next you want to discuss the matter with the supervisor
of the working party. It is that persons responsibility to
ensure that all safety standards are being adhered to on
the job, no matter how large or small the job may be.
Every ship in the Navy has certain safety devices to
protect you and your shipmates. Two examples are the
small grounding strap on a piece of electrical
equipment on the quarterdeck and the lifelines that
surround the main deck area.
While on watch if you notice frayed wires on
equipment, painted grounding straps on gear, or any
other unsafe area, notify someone immediately so that
the situation can be corrected and the hazard removed.
Even routine jobs, such as loading stores with a
crane, require a great deal of attention to safety. The
stores loading party on the main deck, as well as the
party on the pier, must wear safety helmets at all times.
Another area subject to high risk is the eyes. If you
see Sailors scaling paint without eye protection, stop
and have them put on safety glasses or a face shield. It
is for their own protection. As was mentioned earlier,
safety is an all hands responsibility. Be safety minded
at all times. If you see a problem, correct it
immediately before it is too late.
Honors and Ceremonies
The U.S. Navy is rich in tradition and pride. While
standing the POOW, you are a part of that tradition.
This section will help you to better understand the
many honors and ceremonies in which you will be
involved. You will need to know about various flags,
pennants, and side honors.
FLAGS AND PENNANTS.While on watch as
POOW, you should be alert for the display of
significant flags and pennants from other ships and
In the case of a bomb threat what is the key
to disarming the situation and avoiding
When the pistol has a lanyard attached, what
must be done during exchange of the pistol to
the next watch stander?
Keep the lanyard around your neck until
your relief has positive control of the pistol
Keep the lanyard at your side so it wont
get in the way
Keep the lanyard in your hand that doesnt
hold the pistol
Detach the lanyard from the weapon
during the exchange