If they are not properly trained, it will reflect
negatively on all concerned.
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 SOPA regulations.
To seafarers the state of the weather is of greater
importance than it is to most people ashore. The
elements affect us all at one time or another. They can
be very pleasant or they can be devastating for all
concerned. As the POOW, you will have to know
something about weather. Accurate weather
forecasting may not be as vital today as it was in the
days of sailing ships. However, situations still arise
when the safety of the ship and the lives of the crew
depend upon the accurate reporting of and reacting to
an approaching storm.
In addition to helping you learn about the heavy
weather bill, this section will present some of the
POOW responsibilities concerning weather.
HEAVY WEATHER BILL.There is no weather
bill to follow if the weather is nonthreatening. As the
POOW, you may be required to keep the weather log at
the quarterdeck area. If you notice that the barometer
has fallen 0.04 inch or more in 1 hour, notify the OOD,
as this is the first indication of an approaching storm.
Most of our weather information today comes from
local sources, and they tell us of approaching storms.
The heavy weather bill will be placed in effect
during periods of actual or forecasted high wind and
seas, hurricanes, typhoons, tidal waves, and so forth.
To be effective, you must take the steps contained in the
bill before heavy weather commences. You will
probably be called upon to help the OOD implement
the heavy weather bill.
You may be assisting the OOD with some of the
Keeping informed of the weather condition in
effect and ensuring that proper preparations are being
Stationing personnel to tend lines as appropriate
Requesting tugs to clear any ships from
Ensuring that all service lines not actually
required are removed from the ship
Keeping the captain, executive officer, and
command duty officer informed of the status of
preparations to get under way or cope with the storm if
the ship is to remain in port
If expecting a tidal wave (tsunami), having
additional mooring lines run out making sure
considerable slack is left in regular mooring lines; if
necessary, having fenders placed between the ship and
More information concerning the heavy weather
bill can be found in Standard Organization and
Regulations of the U.S. Navy.
Which of the following activities is NOT
considered a special evolution?
Side boys are NOT paraded during which
of the following times?
Between sunset and 0800
All of the above