Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Naval Terminology

Here are some common Naval Terms, many of which are still in use today.

  • Aft - in the direction of the stern (rear) of a ship
  • Aye Aye - means “order understood and I will follow”
  • Boatswain’s Stores - storeroom for cleaning gear
  • Bravo Zulu - Phonetic pronunciation of 'BZ' from the NATO signals codes. Signifies 'Good Job' or 'Well Done.'
  • Bulkhead - wall
  • Captain's Table - A disciplinary hearing.
  • Cinderella Leave - Leave where one must be back aboard by midnight.
  • Colours - ceremony of hoisting the National Flag
  • Coxswain - the senior petty officer on a ship
  • Deck - floor
  • Dungarees - Working uniform.
  • Duty Watch - division selected to look after corps preparation and clean up
  • Fore - in the direction of the bow (front) of a ship
  • Galley - kitchen
  • Gangway - passageway (like a hallway)
  • Gash - Extra, leftovers, and garbage.
  • Gash Can - garbage can
  • Hatch - A hatch opens up between two compartments on adjoining decks.
  • Heads - toilets
  • Helm - The helm is the position from which the ship is steered.
  • Hook - The ship's anchor.
  • Kye - hot chocolate
  • Liberty Boat - after being dismissed and are free to go “ashore”
  • Navy Gravy - Ketchup.
  • Out Pipes - a pipe indicating the end of stand easy
  • Pipe Sound - produced from a Boatswain’s Call; all pipes have meaning
  • Pipe Down - keep quiet
  • Port - the left side
  • Rig of the Day - The uniform to be worn for the day or for a specific activity as laid down in routine orders or by announcement to the ship's company.
  • Scran Locker - lost and found
  • Sea Legs - The ability to maintain balance when a ship is rolling.
  • Secure - to close up, put away gear
  • Ship’s Company - refers to all personnel on a ship, or at a corps
  • Stand Easy - a break
  • Starboard - the right side
  • Stow - to put away
  • Sunset - the ceremony of lowering the National Flag
  • Wakey Wakey - The pipe, or announcement that is made in the morning.
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