GENERAL NAVAL TERMINOLOGY
Above: Upward, higher, as to go above; above the flight deck
Aft: Toward the stern
Athwartship: At a right angle to the centerline, as a passageway which runs from port to starboard as opposed to fore and aft.
Below: Downward, beneath, as to lay below; below the flight deck.
Bow: The forward end of a ship or boat.
Bridge: Area in the superstructure from which the ship is operated.
Bulkhead: A vertical partition, never called a wall.
Deck: 1. Shipboard floor, horizontal plating which divides a ship into layers.
2. Shipboard floors from Main deck and below numbered 1, 2, 3.
Fantail: The after end of the main deck.
Forecastle, Foc'sle: Forward section of the deck on which the anchor handling equipment is located. Forward section of the 02 level on the Carl Vinson.
Frame: An athwartship beam which provides structural strength to a ship.
Galley: Space where food is prepared. Never called a kitchen.
Hatch: A square or rectangular access in a deck.
Island: Superstructure on the starboard side of the flight deck on an aircraft carrier.
Ladder: A shipboard flight of steps. Never called stairs.
Level: Shipboard floors above the main deck. Numbered 0-1, 0-2, 0-3.
Main Deck: Highest watertight (complete) deck aboard ship. On aircraft
carriers, the hangar deck is the main deck.
Mess: 1. Place where meals are eaten, such as Mess Decks, Captain's Mess, etc.
2. A group who takes meals together, such as officer's mess or chief's mess.
Midwatch: (The Mid) The watch which begins at 0000 and ends at 0400.
Mid Rats: (Midnight Rations) Meal served around midnight for those crewmembers going on or off watch.
OOD: Officer of the Deck
Overhead: The underside of a deck from the overhead of the compartment next below. Never called a ceiling.
Passageway: A corridor used for interior horizontal movement aboard ship.
Port: To the left of the centerline when facing forward.
Scuttle: Round, watertight opening in a hatch.
Scuttlebutt: 1. Drinking fountain.
2. A rumor.
Second Deck: First deck below the main deck.
Secure: 1. To make fast, as to secure a line to a cleat.
2. To cease, as to secure from a fire drill.
Sickbay: Shipboard space used as a hospital or medical center.
Square away: To put in proper place, to make things shipshape.
Starboard: Right of centerline when facing forward.
Stateroom: A living compartment for an officer.
Stern: The aftermost part of a vessel.
Topside: General term referring to a weather deck.
Wake: Trail left by a vessel moving through the water.
Wardroom: Officer's messing compartment.
Weather Deck: Any deck exposed to the elements; a deck outside the skin of the ship.
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