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duration):  flashing,  quick  flashing,  very  quick  flashing, long  flashing,  composite  group  flashing,  group flashing, isophase or occulting. SHIP   RECOGNITION AND   IDENTIFICATION As   stated   earlier,   sighting   contacts   and   re- porting  them  to  the  bridge  and  CIC  are  the primary   duties   of   the   lookout.   However,   your job  as  lookout  does  not  end  there:  the  contact must  be  identified.  Ships  normally  should  be identified   while   they   still   are   distant   enough   to present   only   a   silhouette   to   the   observer.   The types/classes   of   ships   can   be   determined   from silhouettes  long  before  their  hull  numbers  or names can be distinguished. (See figures 24 and 25.) The  first  determination  to  be  made  is  whether a   vessel   is   a   merchant   (civil)   or   naval   ship. Visual  identifications  will  be  plotted  and  logged in  CIC  so  it  is  important  for  you  to  be  able to  recognize  a  friend  or  foe  quickly  and  accu- rately.   If   you   do   not   know   the   exact   identity of  the  contact,  the  thing  to  do  is  to  describe it.   The   following   guidelines   will   help   in   ship recognition. MERCHANT  SHIPS All merchant ships can be placed into one of five basic design groups, depending on the location and 53

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