V-A-1. Daily Orders. The Executive Officer, or the next senior line officer on board, will each evening, prepare the orders for the next day. These orders will be supplementary to the regular sea or port routine, and may modify it as necessary. In case Heads of Departments desire any special items included in the daily orders, they will furnish the Executive Officer with a memorandum to that effect prior to 1500 each day.

V-A-2. When at sea, or in exposed anchorage, the Captain before retiring each evening, will furnish the Officer-of-the-Deck with his orders for the night. They will be written in the Captain's Night Order Book and will be read and initialed by the Navigator and each Officer-of-the-Deck during the night.



0430-Call ship's cook with the watch.
0515-Call duty Police Petty officers.
0530-Reveille. All hands except the mid-watch keepers and other authorized late hammocks. Sunrise-Turn out anchor lights following motions of S.O.P.A.
0550-Pipe sweepers.
0600-Turn to for execution of morning ship's work.
0630-Up all hammocks.
0645-Mess gear.
0700-Time and uniform signal. Set uniform of the day.
    -Breakfast for Relief Watch Section.
0720-Breakfast for Second Relief Watch Section.
0740-Breakfast for Section coming off watch.
0745-Size of colors signal.
0800-Colors. Test general alarm. Normally, expiration of liberty.
    -Quarters for muster. Turn to. Drills as ordered.
0815-Sick call.
1000-Report (1) absentees (2) sick (3) hospital cases on board requiring transfer.
1130-Inspection of mess cooks and mess attendants.
    -Retreat from drill or knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1145-Mess gear.
1200-Dinner for Relief Watch Section.
1220-Dinner for Second Relief Watch Section.
1240-Dinner for Section coming off watch.
1300-Turn to. Ship's work. Drills as ordered.
1615-Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1645-Mess gear.
1700-Supper for Relief Watch Section.
1720-Supper for Second Relief Watch Section.
1740-Supper for Section coming off watch.
Sunset-Colors. Turn on anchor lights.
1930-Motion pictures.
2000-Eight o'clock reports. Report all "X" and "Y" openings closed.
2130-Taps. Reports lights out.


0430-Call ship's cook having the watch.
0545-Call boatswain's mates and police petty officers.
0600-All hands, except mid-watch keepers and other authorized late hammocks. Sunrise-Turn off running lights following motions of S.O.P.A.
0630-Up all hammocks.
0645-Mess gear.
0700-Breakfast for Relief Watch Section.
    -Time and uniform signal. Test whistle and Siren (if permitted).
0720-Breakfast for Second Relief Watch Section.
0740-Breakfast for Section coming off watch.
0745-Size of colors signal.
0800-Quarters for muster (or muster on stations). Turn to. Weather permitting clear all Messing and Berthing Compartments until 1000.
    -Drills as directed.
1000-Report (1) absentees, (2) sick, (3) hospital cases on board requiring transfer.
    -Inspection of Messing and Berthing Compartments.
1130-Inspection of mess cooks and mess attendants. Retreat from drill. Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1145-Mess gear.
1200-Dinner for Relief Watch Section.
    -Signal (1) fuel on hand, (2) fuel expended.
1220-Dinner for Second Relief Watch Section.
1240-Dinner for Section coming off watch.
1245-Signal 1200 position report (when required).
1300-Turn to. Ship's work.
1630-Knock off work. Pipe sweepers.
1645-Mess gear.
1700-Supper for Relief Watch Section.
    -Report inspection of closure of all "X" and "Y" doors.
1720-Supper for Second Relief Watch Section.
Sunset-Turn on running lights following motions of S.O.P.A. and in accordance with existing orders.
1740-Supper for Section coming off Watch.
1900-Motion pictures.
2000-Eight o'clock reports. Signal
2000 position if requested.



(a) Sundays and Holidays.

0815-Quarters for muster. Turn to. Ship's work.
0945-Knock off work.


(d) Monday and Thursday.

0800-Air bedding following motions of S.O.P.A.
1315-Pipe down aired bedding following motions of S.O.P.A.

(c) Friday.

A.M.-Field Day. Test magazine flooding and sprinkling systems and make prescribed weekly tests in all departments.
P.M.-Captain's Inspection of lower decks.

(d) Saturday.

A.M.-Captain's Inspection of crew and upper decks.
1300-Liberty commences after inspection.



V-B-1. Liberty will normally be granted by sections. During war, except when undergoing repairs in a Navy Yard, one section will be granted liberty and two sections will be on board. One will be the Duty Section, and one will be the Relief Duty Section, the duty commencing at 1200 daily. When undergoing repairs in a Navy Yard and the security of the yard permits, two sections may he granted liberty with one full section remaining on board.

V-B-2. All hands, including Chief Petty Officers, will he assigned to a section and will stand duty and rate liberty with their section.

V-B-3. No exchanges of liberty will be granted except by the Executive Officer. Men desiring to exchange liberty with another person must first obtain from the man who agrees to stand by and take his duty on hoard, an agreement slip filled in and signed on a standard form. This slip must he approved by the man's leading petty officer and division officer who will assure themselves that the man who agrees to stand by is in all respects qualified to handle the duties of the person for whom he is standing by. These slips shall be turned into the ship's office not later than 1000 each day. After this time, no exchanges will be permitted except in cases of emergency.

V-B-4. Liberty cards (standard identification cards) will be issued to leading division petty officers one-half hour prior to the commencement of liberty. Men must show their cards to the Officer-of-the-Deck as they go over the gangway. Promptly upon their return from liberty, they shall place their cards in the box provided for that purpose and kept at the gangway.

No man shall have another man's liberty (identification) card in his possession without proper authority. Mere possession of a liberty card does not entitle a man to liberty. Each men before going ashore on leave or liberty shall he responsible for determining that he is entitled to same.

Illegal use of a man's own or another's liberty card will be an offense against ship's orders in addition to the specific offense of absence without leave. Anyone finding another man's liberty card shall immediately turn same into the Ship's Office.

The Navy identification card will be considered as the ship's liberty card.

V-B-5. Men losing their liberty cards are not eligible for liberty until a new card has been issued. Before this can be done, a thorough search must he made to find the lost card, and time will he consumed in making out and issuing a new one. This naturally jeopardizes a man's liberty in that he cannot leave the ship until a new card has been issued, which may he several days.

V-B-6. Normally liberty will commence daily at 1630 and expire on board at 0800 the following morning. On Saturdays liberty may commence after the completion of Captain's Inspection. Week-end liberty will be granted as directed by the Executive Officer.

V-B-7. All liberty parties will be carefully inspected by the Officer-of-the-Deck before they are allowed to leave the ship. Men who do not present a smart, clean, and regulation appearance will not be allowed to go on liberty until they have remedied the unsatisfactory condition.

V-B-8. Absence from the ship over forty-eight hours is defined as leave in accordance with existing instructions and must be covered by regular leave papers.

V-B-9. The Commanding Officer will endeavor to grant each officer and enlisted man annual leave at such times as it is desired and requested, and their services can be spared.



V-C-1. Painting of the ship shall conform to "Instruction for Painting and Cementing Vessels of the United States Navy" except where such instructions conflict with later orders of Commanders afloat or Navy Department, when the latter shall govern. Thick paint coats must be avoided. On interior surface, only one coat of fire retardant paint will be applied over a single coat of zinc chromate primer.

V-C-2. All officers and chief petty officers will instruct their divisions thoroughly in the care and treatment of the materials used in the structure of the ship and the equipment, and they will exercise vigilant supervision over all work of that nature. This is necessary because of the vast difference between the metals used in the construction of the ship and those used in old types, such as 1200 ton destroyers.

The principal metals used in the construction are:

(a) Special treatment steel (STS).
(b) Corrosion resisting steel (CRS).
(c) high tensile steel (HTS).
(d) Galvanized steel.
(e) Aluminum alloy.
(f) Copper nickel alloy.

V-C-3. Before doing any work of any nature on any metals in the ship's structure, the metal shall he identified. For aid in identification the following information is given:

(a)Special treatment steel has been used around the director, the pilot house, and anti-aircraft machine guns, and on 5" gun mounts. In many ships it has been removed from around all guns, including the 5" guns, and in some ships from around the pilot house. It is a ballistic steel and is effective as protection against splinters.

(b) Corrosion resisting steel has in general been used in the following places:

Masts Watertight manhole covers
Flats Scuttles
Watertight doors Dogs
Watertight hatch covers Inclined ladders
  Yardarms, platforms, etc.

Unpainted CRS can usually be identified by its bright finish. Painted CRS panel ling can be recognized by the fact that the panels are surrounded by small buttonhead rivets.

(c) High tensile steel has been used for shell plating and deck plating, except near the bow or stern. It has also been used for important longitudinals and deck beams, because of its great strength as compared with medium steel.

(d) Galvanized steel has in general been used as follows:

All inside work such as; foundations, W. T. bulkheads, and other structural and nonstructural steel work below the 10' water line.

Main deck plating forward and aft of the engineering spaces.

(e) Aluminum alloys have in general been used as follows:

Non-watertight bulkheads above the first platform deck.

Sheathing, ventilation piping, furniture, lockers, bunks, metal joiner doors, magazine sprinkler piping and magazine stowage racks.

Deck house plating.

Characteristics of aluminum alloys are; light weight, dull grey surface (if not polished), and low surface hardness.


V-C-4. Heat shall not be applied to any metals in the ship's structure without the approval of the Commanding Officer. Heat removes the corrosion resisting properties of corrosion resisting steel, and destroys the structural strength of aluminum and the protection of galvanizing.

V-C-5. Lye and cleaning substances containing lye shall never be used on aluminum. Lye disolves aluminum. No abrasives, in any form, shall be used on corrosion resisting steel, galvanized surfaces or aluminum. Particles of such substances enter the metal surfaces and become transmitters of corrosion into the metals.

V-C-6. Bright CRS surfaces and interior unpainted aluminum surfaces, such as lockers, will be cleaned with Bon Ami (or a similar material). These surfaces are easily scratched and every care must be used to maintain their good appearance.

V-C-7. Galvanized surfaces shall be cleaned only with an ammonia or vinegar solution or scrub-bed with soap and water. Under no circumstances are galvanized surfaces to be polished or smoothed.

V-C-8. Paintwork shall be cleaned with approved cleaning compounds, soap powder or trisodium phosphate (1 or 2 tablespoons to 2 or 3 gallons warm water). The use of lye water and other strong solutions is prohibited.

V-C-9. Every effort must be made to avoid marring the finish of metal furniture, joiner doors, gunnery, firecontrol and electrical instruments.

V-C-10. The following prohibitions apply to all cleaning:

(a) Labels or tags of any kind shall not be removed.

(b) Drain valves shall not be handled by any unauthorized person.

(c) Dogs shall not be removed except for adjustment or repair, and then only by an authorized person.

(d) Gaskets shall be cared for by an authorized person.

Authorized persons, as mentioned herein, are the carpenter's mates, the shipfitter, the metalsmiths, boatswain's mates, and such other petty officers as are specifically designated by Heads of Departments for work within their departments.

V-C-11. In general, repainting shall be limited to that for the preservation of surfaces from which paint has been worn, or on which rust is in evidence. All external surfaces of the ship shall be painted with the appropriate dull, non-reflecting paint. The general rule is that any external part that might reflect light shall be painted with non-reflecting paint. Topside label plates and tags should not be painted, but may be covered with a dull shellac or grease.

V-C-12. Scaling hammers shall not be used on the ship without the approval of the Commanding Officer. In removing paint for repainting, care must be taken not to destroy the properties of the metal surface. All surfaces to be painted must be clean and dry.

V-C-13. Aluminum paint shall not be applied over ground cork, as such a combination becomes highly inflammable. Where it is necessary to match surrounding aluminum painted surfaces, inside white colored with lampblack to match the aluminum shall be used over the ground cork.

V-C-14. Aluminum berths and lockers shall not be painted. Interior fittings such as shelving bins, wire meshes, etc. shall not he painted.

V-C-15. No paint shall he kept aboard ship. It may he obtained for painting in accordance with current directives, from Navy Yards or tenders.



V-D-1. All Heads of Departments will make a painstaking and thorough search of the Navy Regulations, General Orders, Bureau Manuals, Instruction Pamphlets, and other sources of information and instructions issue by competent authority, to determine all required and desirable routine tests, inspections, and prescribed safety precautions, and will take steps to insure that they are strictly adhered to.

V-D-2. Daily and Weekly Check-off Lists
Each Head of Department will prepare form check-off lists for daily and weekly tests and inspections. A complete file of these lists will be maintained. The system of initialing these lists must insure that the required tests have been made.

V-D-3. Safely Precautions to be Posted
All Heads of Departments will prepare and post applicable safety precautions at guns, machinery, battle stations, in boats, etc. Frequent instruction will be held to insure that all hands are familiar with and thoroughly understand safety requirements. Frequent inspections will be made to insure that safety regulations are being strictly observed. Laxity in this important duty may result in the loss of life or serious damage to the ship and her fighting efficiency, and will not be tolerated.

V-D-4. Operating Instructions to be Posted
All Heads of Departments will prepare operating instructions for machinery and various machinery stations and orders for watch standers, and shall keep same posted in a location convenient to the machinery or the operating or watch standing station, as the case may be. Before any man is entrusted with a watch or with operating machinery, Heads of Departments must satisfy themselves that the man is thoroughly familiar with prescribed orders and operating instructions.

V-D-5. Boat Safety Precautions
The Engineer Officer will be responsible for preparing and posting in each ship's boat the safety precautions for same. In port the Officer-of-the-Deck, during the morning watch, shall cause the ship's boats to come alongside where he shall inspect them for cleanliness and to see that boat operating personnel are familiar with the requirements of prescribed safety precautions.

V-D-6. Gunnery Safety Orders
The Gunnery Officer will prepare and post at all battles stations a complete set of applicable gunnery safety orders. At frequent intervals, instruction in these safety regulations will be given to all personnel connected with the operation of the battery.

V-D-7. Precautions Before Going Aloft
Before any man is allowed to go aloft, permission must first he obtained from the Officer-of-the-Deck. Before granting this permission the Officer-of-the-Deck will notify the Radio Central to open all transmitter antenna switches and plainly tag them so that they will not he inadvertently closed until permission is granted to do so.

It is strictly forbidden to close any transmitter antenna switches after they have been ordered opened by the Officer-of-the-Deck, until he has again notified the radio personnel concerned that they may be closed.

V-D-8. Precautions During Fueling
During fueling the Officer-of-the-Deck and the Engineer Officer will be responsible for the strict enforcement of all prescribed safety regulations.

During fueling, radio high frequency transmitters will not be used.


V-D-9. Stowage of Ether, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Acetylene, and Helium
Ether, hydrogen, oxygen, acetylene, and helium, if carried on board, will always be stowed in prescribed places on topside.

V-D-9. Motion Picture Safety Regulations.
Whenever motion pictures are being exhibited, no one will be permitted in the immediate area around the projector except the man actually operating the machine. Care will be taken not to expose more than one reel of film at a time. Whenever the motion picture projector is being used, a portable C02 fire extinguisher will be kept in close proximity to the machine and ready for instant use. Motion picture films and cans containing motion picture films will not be stowed below decks.

V-D-11. Precautions to be Observed When Ammunition Lighter is Alongside
Whenever an ammunition lighter or a boat containing ammunition is alongside, the following precautions will be observed:

(a) The smoking lamp is out.

(b) A sentry will be posted on board ship in the vicinity of the boat or lighter to prevent anyone throwing anything over the side on to the lighter or into the boat, as the case may be.

(c) A sentry will be stationed on the lighter, lie will be equipped with a portable C02 fire extinguisher.

V-D-12. Men Over the Side Underway
No man will be allowed over the side when the ship is underway except in an emergency, and then only by express permission of the Commanding Officer via the Officer-of-the-Deck. The latter will assure himself that proper precautions, including the tending of a line secured by a bowline to the man working over the side, are carried out.

V-D-13. Before Entering Closed Compartments
Before entering a compartment that has been closed for any length of time or one which has contained fuel oil, or has been recently painted, or into which it is suspected there have been fuel oil leaks, Division Officers responsible for the compartment or space concerned are charged with taking steps to insure that all safety precautions as set forth in Navy Regulations, Bureau Manuals, and other competent authority, have been carefully observed before any man is allowed to enter the compartment or space concerned.

V-D-14. Weekly Inspection of Living, Messing and Food Spaces
At least once each week, the First Lieutenant in company with the Medical Officer (Pharmacist's Mate) shall make a thorough inspection of all berthing, messing, food stowage spaces, and all spaces where food is prepared, paying particular attention to sanitation. The results of this inspection will be reported to the Executive Officer and immediate steps will be taken to remedy any unsanitary conditions.

V-D-15. Inspect of Food Handlers
Once each week, all officers servants, cooks, messmen, and all personnel handling food will be inspected by the Medical Officer (Pharmacist's Mate) to determine whether or not they are afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease or diseases. At this inspection, particular care will be taken to determine whether or not they are infected with any venereal diseases.

A report of such inspections and results will be submitted to the Executive Officer.


V-D-16. Use of Gasoline Forbidden
Any unauthorized use of gasoline is strictly forbidden. Under no circumstances will gasoline ever be used for cleaning purposes.

V-D-17. Very Pistol Cartridges
All Very signal pistol ready service cartridges shall be inspected frequently. Those cartridges presenting an obviously swollen appearance, or having split cases, or otherwise being defective in appearance, shall he thrown overboard.

V-D-18. Life Ring at Gangway
Whenever a ship is in port, a life ring to which is attached a 10 fathom length of 21-thread manila will be kept at the gangway.

Y-D-19. Radio Safety Measures
The following important radio safety precautions will be observed:

(a) No work whatsoever will be done on an antenna until it is definitely established that it is not energized and that the antenna on ships alongside, across a pier, or shore stations in the near vicinity, are not energized.

(b) Transmitter adjustments are prohibited while motor generators are running or while rectifiers are energized unless the adjustments can be accomplished from the front of the panels.

(c) Safety devices such as interlocks, overload relays, fuzes, etc., will not be altered in any way or disconnected. They shall be tested frequently to insure that they are operating properly.

(d) The Communication Officer will compile and post all pertinent safety precautions relating to the operation of radio and sound equipment and weekly lie will hold instruction for all personnel concerned and assure himself that safety precautions are properly understood. lie shall make frequent inspections to insure that all safety precautions are being carefully observed.

V-D-20. Electrical Fires
The prevention of electrical fires should he the first consideration, and frequent inspections and insulation tests will reduce the danger of electrical fires. The following procedure should be used in fighting an electrical fire. (a) Cut out the circuits involved. (b) Extinguish the fire, using carbon dioxide extinguishers. After power has been removed from electrical conductors and if the fire has gone beyond the stage of electrical fire, water may he used, always keeping in mind, however, the serious damage that may be expected from the use of water on electric apparatus. If salt water is used, wash the equipment with fresh water as soon as possible and dry out thoroughly. (c) Stop ventilation and close up compartment, being guided by circumstances. (d) Small fires can he extinguished with carbon dioxide (CO2).

V-D-21. Special Fire Precautions During Repair and Overhaul Periods

(a) During repair and overhaul periods it will be the duty of all hands to take all steps possible to minimize fire hazard by observing all safety precautions, maintaining fire fighting equipment in efficient condition and location, clearing up sources of spontaneous combustion, and by reporting any unsafe conditions immediately to the Officer-of-the-Deck.


(b) The following inspections will be made:

(1) By the Relief Officer-of-the-Deck, after the close of working hours. If work is being conducted on a 24-hour basis this inspection will be made thrice daily, after each shift of workmen. For this inspection, all spaces in which any work has been done and spaces adjacent to those in which there has been welding or cutting, will be opened.

(2) By the Deck Chief Petty Officer of the Watch, once during his watch, of those spaces noted in paragraph (b) (11) above.

(3) By Division Officers and Chief Petty Officers, of their parts of the ship, frequently during working hours.

(4) The purpose of inspections is to insure that all safety precautions are being carried out, fire fighting equipment is instantly available, trash, rags and other sources of spontaneous combustion are cleaned up, and that temperatures after welding or cutting are reduced to safe level before the compartment is secured.

(c) Special Precautions During Welding or Cutting

(1) The Officer-of-the-Deck will keep himself informed of all welding or cutting in progress.

(2) When any welding or cutting is done elsewhere than on the weather decks, a member of the ship's company will be stationed in the vicinity to enforce the safety precautions and to aid in the control of any fire that might break out.

(3) There will be at hand a CO2 fire extinguisher, ready for instant use.

(4) Asbestos covers, supplied by the yard, will be used to shield inflammables from sparks.

(5) Hatch covers will be closed where necessary to prevent sparks falling to lower decks.

(6) When welding or cutting on boundaries, it is to be remembered that the compartment on the opposite side from the one in which the work is being done is often in greater danger. When this condition exists, the sentry will be stationed on the opposite side from the workmen.



V-E-1. Morning and Evening Colors

The Officer-of-the-Deck shall exercise painstaking care to insure that the ceremony of morning and evening colors is punctiliously observed.

Men detailed to stand by the jack, colors aft, absentee pennant, etc., will always be in the uniform of the day.

V-E-2. Honors

Normally, the only honors rendered by a destroyer are passing honors as set forth in Chapter 5, Section 4, U. S. Navy Regulations.

The whistle signals for executing passing honors are given by means of a police whistle and are:

One long blast "Attention" to starboard.
Two long blasts "Attention" to port.
One short blast "Salute".
Two short blasts"Two".
Three short blasts "Carry on".

V-E-3. Captain's Inspection

At Captain's Inspection, all hands will be assembled at their division parades and ranks will be opened. The following procedure will normally be followed:

(a) When the Captain approaches the division parade, the Division Officer brings his division to attention.

(b) The Division Officer will have his division salute the Captain, which salute will be returned, and the division executes "Two" of the salute. The Division Officer then reports the name of the division, the number of men in the division, and number of authorized absentees.

(c) When the Captain has finished inspecting the ranks, the Division Officer will give the order "About Face," followed by the order "Uncover."

(d) After the Captain has finished inspecting personnel and has left the vicinity of the division, the division will be covered, about faced, and formed in two ranks. Compartment cleaners, messmen, and others who stand by lockers, offices, and other spaces will he dismissed in order to permit them to take stations for standing by. All lockers, compartments, etc., will have men detailed to open same and stand by. Men standing by spaces announce name, rate, division, and space to inspecting officer.

(e) When the Captain has inspected all divisions on the weather decks, Division Officers may dismiss their divisions after cautioning them to remain topside and clear of the inspecting party.

V-E-4. Use of Boatswain's Pipes

Boatswain's Mates will habitually use their pipes when passing the word.

V-E-5. General Appearance of Ship and Boats

When in port, the Officer-of-the-Deck and the Deck Chief Petty Officer of the Watch will make frequent inspections to insure that the ship and the ship's boats are in a neat and ship-shape condition. Particular attention shall be paid to "Irish Pennants," to keeping signal halyards taut, searchlights trained fore and aft, boat falls crossed, garbage platform neat, and that canvas required to be off is removed before 0800 and is replaced by sunset.


Routine signals, such as hoisting meal pennant, and making uniform signals will be executed smartly.

V-E-6. Eight O'Clock Reports

The Eight O'clock Reports will be mustered as directed by the Officer-of-the-Deck.

The Executive Officer, or next senior line officer on board, will receive the Eight O'clock Reports.

Reports will be received from the senior officer or enlisted man on board in each department and from the Police Petty Officer.

It will be understood when each department reports secure that the following inspections have been made and conditions found satisfactory:

(a) Gunnery Department.

(1) Magazines, warhead locker, pyrotechnic locker, detonator boxes and ready service stowage have been inspected and are secure and all lights except special darken ship lights are out.

(2) Magazine sprinkling system valves have been inspected and are secure.

(3) Guns, machine gun mounts, torpedo tubes, gun director and torpedo directors are in proper state of readiness and/or security for the night.

(b) C & R Department.

(1) Ground tackle has been inspected and anchors are properly secured.

(2) All compartments under cognizance of C & R Department have been inspected or sounded and are free from water.

(3) All watertight doors and hatches required to be closed have been inspected and are properly secured.

(4) Deck spaces have been inspected and no loose gear is adrift about the decks.

(5) Boats have been inspected and are properly secured.

(6) Fire fighting equipment is in place and ready for instant use.

(7) Life boat has been inspected and is in all respects ready for use.

(c) Engineering Department.

(1) Bilges have been inspected and are free from any undue accumulation of water and oil.

(2) The entire Engineering Department has been inspected and is free from fire hazards such as oily waste, accumulation of rags, accumulation of oil on floor plates, etc.

(3) Fire fighting equipment has been inspected and is ready for immediate use.

(4) Personnel has been stationed for the watch during the night and have been issued orders in the Engineer's Night Order Book.

(5) Machinery in operation has been inspected and routine pressures and temperatures are being maintained and the entire plant is operating smoothly and efficiently.

(6) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly secured for the night.


(d) Communication Department.
(1) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly secured for the night.

(e) Commissary Department.

(1) The galley and ranges are secured for the night.

(2) All watertight openings required to be closed have been properly secured for the night.

(f) Chief Police Petty Officer (Duty Police Petty Officer in port).

(1) All prisoners and restricted men have been mustered and accounted for.

(2) 2000 lights and fires have been extinguished.



V-F-1. Keys

(a) Spare keys will be kept in the custody of the First Lieutenant. Master keys for each group will be kept in the custody of the Executive Officer.

(b) The keys to the alcohol and narcotic locker will be kept by the Medical Officer, and if there be no Medical Officer on board, by the Executive Officer.

(c) The keys to magazines, warhead lockers, pyrotechnic locker, and detonator cases will be kept in the custody of the Captain, and such other persons as he may designate. (U. S. Navy Regulations Art. 853).

V-F-2. Library

The Navigator will have charge of the Ship's Library and shall be responsible for the necessary routine to insure that books are kept intact. One man normally a pharmacist's mate, will be assigned additional duty as Librarian to assist the Navigator in the discharge of the requirements of this article. Magazines shall come under the cognizance of the librarian.

V-F-3. Athletics

Whenever practicable, organized athletics will be encouraged, particularly the ship's soft ball team. An officer will be appointed as Athletic Officer in charge of all athletics.

V-F-4. Swimming

Whenever practicable swimming parties will be organized. Non-swimmers will be encouraged, in every manner practicable, to learn to swim.

V-F-5. Education

Educational activities on board will be under the direct supervision of the Executive Officer. He will be assisted by all other officers in the preparation and examination of training courses.

All hands will be encouraged and urged to better qualify themselves in professional subjects, by completing the required Navy Training Courses.

Progress cards for the men taking training courses will be turned in to the Educational Officer by Assistant Educational Officers at the end of each quarter or when a man is about to be transferred from the ship. When men are transferred, these cards will be forwarded to their new stations along with their service records.

V-F-6. Anchor Record Book

The leading boatswain's mate, under the supervision of the First Lieutenant, will maintain an Anchor Record Book in which will be recorded all pertinent information concerning ground tackle, such as position of shots in the cable, serial numbers of shots and of anchors, etc.

An entry will be made in the Anchor Record Book each time an anchor is let go, showing name of port, depth of water, scope of chain out, which anchor was used, and whether the anchor was let go or backed out.

V-F-7. Safe Combinations

Each officer will submit to the Commanding Officer in a sealed envelope a slip of paper on which is written the combination to his safe or safes, except Disbursing Officers safe, the paper being folded so as to prevent the reading of the combination without opening the envelope.


V-F-8. Articles For The Government of the Navy

The Articles for the Government of the Navy will be read to all hands at least once a month. A copy will be kept posted on the bulletin board.

V-F-9. Special Details

(a) The following special details will normally be supplied by the divisions as indicated:

Detail Division Duration of Detail
Chief Police Petty Officer 1st (CBM)Permanent
Police Petty Officer (3) 2nd, "O", "E" (1 each) Semi-permanent
Crew's messmen (10) 1st (3), 2nd (3), "E" (4) Quarterly
CPO messmen (2) 2nd (1), "E" (1) Quarterly
Lamplighter-Capt. of the Hold 1st Permanent
Captain of the Head (2) 2nd (1) "E" (1) 1st (1), 2nd (2) Quarterly
Compartment Cleaners (7) "O" (1), "E"(2), "C" (1) Quarterly
CPO Compartment Cleaners 1st (1) Quarterly
Painter 1st Permanent
Sculleryman 2nd Quarterly
Jack of the Dust "S" Permanent
Oil King "E" Permanent
Boat coxswain (2) 1st (1), 2nd (1) Permanent
Relief boat coxswains (2) 1st (1), 2nd (1) Permanent
2nd Relief boat coxswains (2) 1st (1), 2nd (1) Permanent
Boat Engineer (2) "E" (2) Permanent
Relief Boat Engineer (2) "E" (2) Permanent
2nd Relief boat engineer (2) "E" (2) Permanent

(b) The following special details draw extra compensation and are selected for their qualifications regardless of division:

(1) Mail Clerk.
(2) Ship's Service Operator and Store Operator.
(3) Barbers (2).
(4) Laundrymen (4).
(5) Movie Operators (2).

V-F-10. Strikers

(a) Men will normally be detailed to strike for ratings as follows:

Gunner's mates 6
Torpedomen 3
Signalmen or quartermaster 3
Fire Controlman 3

Radiomen 4
Electrician's mates 3
Yeoman 1
Storekeeper 1
Ship's cooks 3
Shipfitter 1
Carpenter's Mates 1
Sound Operators 4
Radar Materialmen 3
Metalsmith 1
Radarmen 3

The above strikers will be considered a minimum for training purposes and the quota will normally be kept filled at all times.

(b) In addition to the above strikers the following "ratings in training" will be assigned:

Seamen Radiomen 4
Seamen Signalmen 2
Seamen Fire Controlmen 2

If possible these billets will be filled by Class "A" School graduates.



Index of Ship's Orders.

Number Subject
1 General.
2 Men received, transferred or discharged.
3 Alcoholic Beverages and Narcotics.
4 Issue of alcohol.
5 Smoking.
6 Tobacco ashes and butts.
7 Portable electric household appliances.
8 Accepting gratuities.
9 Unauthorized possession of clothes and personal effects.
10 Civilian clothing.
11 Possession of weapons.
12 Cameras.
13 Requirements in case of exposure to venereal disease.
14 Contagious diseases.
15 Injuries to personnel.
16 Extra duty.
17 Muster of restricted men.
18 Sleeping on topside while underway.
19 Censorship regulations.
20 Security of Information.
21 Heavy weather clothing.

Index of Ship's Orders.


Contained in this chapter are orders and instructions of a general police nature, and such orders and instructions shall have full force and effect as ship's orders.


The Officer-of-the-Deck will not permit any man to leave the vessel on discharge or transfer until such man has presented a clearance card completely filled in. After signature by the Officer-of-the-Deck, clearance cards will be returned to the Ship's Office. Before any man is allowed to leave the vessel for transfer, or when any man transferred to this vessel is received on board, the Officer-of-the-Deck will have subject man examined physically by the Doctor or pharmacist's mate.


It is strictly forbidden to bring on board this vessel, or into any of the boats belonging to this vessel, or on any barge or any other floating equipment alongside the vessel, any alcoholic liquor or narcotic substance or any container for same. It is further strictly forbidden to use on board this vessel for internal consumption or have in possession any alcoholic liquor fit for human consumption or any narcotic substance. This regulation shall apply in every case except as follows:

(a) Liquors containing alcohol may be used when prescribed by the Medical Officer, or Pharmacist's Mate, after approval by the Commanding Officer.

(b) Narcotic substances may be administered by a Medical Officer, or the Pharmacist's Mate with the approval of the Commanding Officer.


Alcohol will be stored in the alcohol locker. Heads of departments desiring the issue of alcohol will submit their requests for same to the Executive Officer. Alcohol will be issued only upon approval of the Executive Officer.


Smoking is forbidden at all times in the following spaces:

(a) All spaces, compartments, trunks and storerooms below the second platform deck, except:

(1) Engine rooms.

(2) Fire room lower gratings in front of boilers in operation. (b) In paint and oil storeroom and in lamp locker.

(c) In the alcohol locker.

(d) In the CPO bunk room between taps and reveille. (e) In the Crew's W.C. and washroom.


(f) Smoking is forbidden in all berthing compartments between taps and reveille, and above decks when the ship is darkened.

(g) In all handling rooms and clipping rooms.

(h) In the galley.

(i) Smoking is forbidden under the following conditions:

(1) Throughout the vessel when taking fuel on board or discharging fuel.

(2) Throughout the vessel when loading or unloading inflammables or explosives.

(3) Throughout the vessel when transferring inflammables or explosives within the vessel.

(4) Throughout the vessel during drills or exercises.

(5) Throughout the vessel at such other times when the word is passed that "The smoking lamp is out".


It is strictly forbidden to throw on deck, or overboard from main deck level or above, or from anywhere in the mast, or from off the top of the deck houses, or superstructures, any cigarette or cigar butts or pipe ashes. All hands shall habitually deposit butts or knock ashes from pipes into receptacles provided for that purpose.


Portable electric household appliances such as irons, coffee pots, etc., will not be used on board except by permission of the Executive Officer. No broadcast receivers will be allowed on board except the RBO receiver in main radio. Requests will be submitted via the Engineer Officer for his comment. The Engineer Officer will supervise all installations.


No member of this command shall accept any emolument or gratuity, either directly or indirectly, from any person or persons, or any commercial firm or firms transacting business with the general mess, officer's mess, Ship's Service, or who furnishes other supplies to the vessel for use therein. No member of the crew of this vessel shall present to any person or persons a list of the members of the crew.


It is forbidden for any person on board this vessel, except with permission from the proper authority, to have in his possession any clothing or other articles belonging to another person. For this purpose, proper authority is to be construed to be written authority from the Executive Officer.


Enlisted men shall not have civilian clothing in their possession aboard ship.



It is prohibited for any person, except as may be necessary in the proper performance of duty or as may be authorized by proper authority, to have in his custody or possession, or concealed about his person, any deadly or dangerous weapon or explosive substance.


No person shall introduce aboard, use, or have in his possession aboard, a camera or any other equipment for taking pictures, except as authorized by Commanding Officer for official use.


Any man who has been exposed to possible venereal infection shall, upon his return to the ship, take the prescribed prophylactic treatment which is available at all times in the prophylactic locker. He shall fill in the information required on the form provided at the prophylatic locker. This form shall be collected daily by the pharmacist's mate. Every person having reason to believe that he is suffering from venereal disease, regardless of where or when acquired, shall report immediately to the Pharmacist's Mate. Concealing venereal disease is an offense against General Order No. 14, which the Navy Department considers of such nature as to warrant trial by summary court-martial.


Any person in this command who has at any place been exposed to any contagious or infectious disease, or who has reason to believe that he may have contracted any such disease, shall immediately upon his return to the vessel report the circumstances to a Pharmacist's Mate or Medical Officer for such action as is appropriate.


Whenever any person is injured on board this vessel, he shall be examined immediately by the Pharmacist's Mate or Medical Officer, if available. The Division Officer of the man concerned, in collaboration with the Pharmacist's Mate, will prepare a report for the Commanding Officer, via the Executive Officer, furnishing one copy to the Officer-of-the-Deck, setting forth the following:

(a) Name, rating, and service number of man injured.

(b) Description of injury and how it occurred.

(c) Names of all witnesses.

(d) An opinion as to whether or not the person injured was at fault, and whether or not others were at fault. If the latter, the names of those at fault will be included in the report.

(e) Whether the injury was the result of a failure of any equipment.

(f) Whether any changes in equipment or methods of using equipment are recommended to prevent recurrences.

When any person attached to this vessel is injured while away from this vessel, he shall be examined by a Pharmacist's Mate upon his return to the ship and applicable sections of the above part of this article will be carried out.


The Officer-of-the-Deck will make an appropriate entry in the ship's log covering all injuries to personnel, with the ratings and service numbers of the men concerned, and setting forth pertinent facts relating thereto as contained in the above-mentioned report. Similar entries shall be made in the ship's log of all injuries sustained by personnel who are injured when away from this vessel and unable to return to the ship, using the best information available.


Men sentenced by competent authority to perform extra duty will perform same under direction of the Chief Police Petty Officer. Extra duty will be worked only outside of normal working hours. No extra duty will be worked on Sunday.


When in port, the Officer-of-the-Deck will have restricted men mustered at times as follows:

(a) 15 minutes after reveille.

(b) At 1930.

(c) At least once every 24 hours at an unscheduled time.


Sleeping about the weather decks or in boats while this vessel is underway is forbidden.


Censorship of all outgoing private mail and a percentage of incoming mail is effective immediately.

All outgoing private' mail shall be posted unsealed in letter boxes on board ship for censoring prior to mailing.

Private mail shall be censored on board ship by the Ship's Censors. Censors shall familiarize themselves thoroughly with Censorship regulations, U. S. Navy, 1942, and shall be guided thereby.

Under no circumstances shall open or hidden reference be made in letters to any of the following:

(a) The location, identity, movement or prospective movement of any merchant ship, aircraft, naval vessel or naval or military force. (In the case of merchant shipping and commercial aircraft, approximate but no precise dates of sailing are permissible. The use of picture postcards showing old or scenic views, which have heretofore had a general sale is permitted).

(b) The defensive or offensive forces, weapons, installations or plans of the U. S., or her allies, discussion of strictly naval information, such as fire control apparatus, turret gear, torpedoes, mines, guns, target practice, radio apparatus, aviation equipment, contents of secret or confidential publications, etc., is also prohibited. Reference shall not be made to weather conditions.

(c) The production, movement or supply of ammunition or the location or progress of war industry in any form.

(d) The routine or employment of any naval or military unit of the U. S., or her allies.


(e) The effect of enemy operations, or casualties to personnel or material suffered by the U. S., or her allies, previous to the official publication of such information.

(f) The criticism of equipment, appearance, physical condition or morale of the collective or individual armed forces of the U. S., or her allies.

(g) Matter, the dissemination of which might benefit enemy military, economic or financial interests, or which might interfere with the national effort of, or disparage the foreign relations of the U. S., or her allies. Agreements arrived at, or published as a consequence of the 1942 American Republics meeting in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, are considered as coming under this head.

6. Letters may be signed at the discretion of the writer, but he must place his family name, with initials, at the foot of the text. Use of rank or rating may be made in the text or in the addresses on outgoing or incoming mail. In the case of post cards, the writer's full name must also be stated but his return address should not appear thereon. In no event should the location of the addresser's ship be indicated either in the text or on the envelope.

7. (a) As the U. S. Postal authorities require a return address on all registered mail, the sender shall place the following in the upper left hand corner of the envelope:

John Doe, CY
U. S. S. ________
Care of Fleet Post Office,
San Francisco, Calif. (or New York, N. Y., as applicable).

(b) The above form may also be used for return address of private mail.

8. (a) Letters written by persons aboard ships shall not be carried ashore for mailing by any person other than regular Navy Mail carriers or mail orderlies, nor shall letters, in violation of the provisions of paragraph 5, be written on shore for posting ashore.

(b) In home ports telegrams, cablegrams or radiograms for dispatch ashore will be handed to the Ship's Censor written on a plain piece of paper. After being censored and stamped by the Censor, the Communication may be delivered by the originator to a commercial communication office for transmission to destination.

(c) It is forbidden to reveal by telephone ashore any information which, if written, would he subject to suppression by Naval Censors. Personnel serving afloat shall be particularly instructed and cautioned in this respect. Any improper disclosure of information by telephone constitutes a violation of these regulations and, upon coming to the attention of the Navy Department, or other proper authority, will be made a matter of disciplinary action.

9. The mail of Commanding and Executive Officers shall be censored the same as other private correspondence unless the envelope or cover is initialed by the writer, which initials shall indicate compliance with all requirements. All such mail shall be stamped and passed by the censor without reading.

10. No censor shall censor his own correspondence.

11. (a) Private mail shall not be delivered to the Mail Clerk until stamped "Passed by Naval Censor", sealed, and properly initialed by Censor.

(b) Postmarking stamps for use during Naval Censorship, as distinguished from the stamps used by the Censors, will print a circle, one and a quarter inches in diameter, with "U. S. Navy" printed inside the periphery of the circle.

(c) Naval Censors shall provide themselves on Naval requisition with rubber stamps for their use, as set forth in subparagraph (a) above, printing a circle one and a quarter inches in diameter, with "Passed by Naval Censor" printed inside the periphery of the circle. The space at the center of circle is left blank for the initials of the Naval Censors.


12. First class letter mail may be sent free. The proper way to address an envelope of free mail is in accordance with this diagram:
John Jones
Seaman First Class
U. S. S. ------------------
c/o Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, Calif. (New York, N. Y.)
Mrs. John Jones
Canton, Missouri.
The writer must write name and rate or rank in the upper left hand corner in his own handwriting.

13. The attention of all hands is directed to the necessity for strict compliance with this order, and especially those parts that deal with the disclosure of ship's location and letters written on shore for posting ashore. It is perfectly obvious that a man attached to a ship discloses the location of his ship by mailing a letter which is postmarked with the name of the town in which it is mailed. Also it is prima-facie evidence that when a letter or telegram arrives addressed to a ship at Boston, Mass., that the addressee has disclosed the location of the ship to the person originating the correspondence.

14. The official mailing address of this ship is "Care of Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, Calif., (or New York, N. Y.)," and none other until changed by proper authority.

15. Appropriate disciplinary action in all cases of violation of censorship regulations will be taken.


It must be assumed that positive steps may be taken by a skillful and determined enemy, foreign or anti-government, to destroy vessels of this Fleet, singly, or in groups. Therefore, officers and crew shall be vigilant at all times to insure the internal and external security of the ship by:

(a) Safeguarding all secret and confidential matter.

(b) Close observation of shore boats and other small craft maneuvering in close proximity.

(c) Observation of all merchant vessels passing or at anchor near vessels of the fleet.

(d) Close examination of all packages, stores, and materials received on board.


In port the petty officer of the deck watch and signal watch shall pay special attention to all shore boats and other small craft and merchant vessels operating in the vicinity, and notify the Officer-of-the-Deck of any peculiar or suspicious action either in maneuvering or by the persons aboard.

Drills and exercises shall not be conducted whenever such action will disclose anything of a confidential or secret nature to unauthorized persons.



1. The First Lieutenant shall have the sole custody of all heavy weather clothing and shall supervise the marking, issue, collection from men to be transferred, and cleaning of this clothing.

2. The First Lieutenant shall carry out the following procedure in connection with this clothing.


Each item of clothing shall be plainly stenciled with a white number, one inch high, in the locations as indicated below:

Helmets -On the top, center.
Jackets -On the back between the shoulders.
Trousers -On the back, center, above the waist.
Overshoes -On the inner side, at the ankles.
Face Piece -On the inside, at front and bottom.
Gloves -On the top, center.
Rain Proof Parka -On the back, between the shoulders.
Rain Proof Trousers -On the back, center above the waist.

4. Issue

(a) The First Lieutenant shall issue one complete outfit, each article bearing the same number, to one man. Each man receiving this clothing shall sign a receipt for it. All receipts shall be kept in the custody of the First Lieutenant.

(b) No man shall wear the clothing of another man.

5. Transfer of Man

When men are transferred from the ship, they shall turn into the First Lieutenant all clothing which has been issued to them, and receive the receipts which they have signed.

6. This clothing shall be worn only when prescribed by proper authority. At times, a partial uniform, such as the jacket only, may be authorized. It shall never be worn when painting or engaged in dirty work. It is not a substitute for dungarees and shall not be used as dungarees.

7. The First Lieutenant shall avail himself of every opportunity to have this clothing cleaned.

8. No names, designs, or marks except the numbers prescribed in paragraph 3 shall be placed on this clothing.


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