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General Duties of the QMOW, Continued Duties While at Anchor QMOW in Port The  rules  for  relieving  the  watch  at  anchor  are  the  same  as  when  under way  except  that  night  orders  aren’t  signed.  The  OOD  may  be  stationed on  the  bridge  or  at  the  quarterdeck.  An  anchor  watch  stationed  on  the forecastle  reports  how  the  anchor  is  tending  and  the  amount  of  strain  on the  anchor  chain. Fixes  are  taken  from  available  objects.  A  combination  of  visual  and radar  fixes  are  used  when  suitable  lighted  aids  are  unavailable.  Fixes are  normally  taken  on  the  hour  and  l/2  hour.  However,  once  again  the navigator  is  responsible  for  determining  the  frequency  of  fixes.  On many  ships,  fixes  are  taken  every  15  minutes  when  winds  of  more  than 30  knots  are  present.  The  anchor  watch  report  is  obtained  at  the  time  of each  fix  and  reported  to  the  OOD.  You  are  also  required  to  maintain  a close  watch  of  any  shipping  traffic  in  the  area.  If  any  ship  anchors within  2,000  yards  of  your  own  ship,  make  a  report  to  the  OOD. If,  at  any  time,  the  ship  plots  outside  of  the  drag  circle  or  you  suspect the  anchor  of  dragging,  immediately  inform  the  OOD.  You  must  begin fixing  the  ship’s  position  continously  until  directed  to  resume  normal fixes  by  the  CDO  or  navigator. Radio  Communications:  You  may  be  required  to  monitor  R/T  and VHF  circuits.  You  should  receive  specific  directions  on  which  circuits you  must  guard.  Always  take  appropiate  action  as  required  on  any messages  received  over  the  circuits,  and  properly  maintain  the  required logs. While  in  port,  your  major  responsibility  is  to  hold  morning  and  evening colors  and  turn  on  and  off  inport  lights.  To  start  the  day,  you  observe sunrise  and  secure  inport  lights.  At  0745,  arrive  on  the  bridge  to execute  morning  colors.  At  precisely  0755,  SOPA  will  hoist  PREP  at  the Dip,  you  will  announce  over  the  1  MC  "FIRST  CALL,  FIRST  CALL TO  COLORS."  At  0800  SOPA  will  close  up  PREP  and  sound  one whistle  blast  over  the  one  MC,  you  will  do  the  same.  After  the National  Anthem  is  finished  playing,  SOPA  will  haul  down  PREP  and sound  three  whistles  and  once  again  you’ll  do  the  same.  Immediately after  evening  colors  is  executed,  turn  on  inport  lights.  The  duty  SM  is responsible  for  posting  PREP  on  your  ship. You  may  be  tasked  from  time  to  time  with  gathering  weather  or navigational  data  for  the  CDO. 11-42

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