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Damage  Control  Central The   primary   purpose   of   damage   control central (DCC) is to determine the condition of the ship and the corrective action to be taken. DCC makes   this   determination   by   collecting   and comparing  reports  from  the  various  repair stations. The  DCA  is  assigned  to  damage  control central,  the  nerve  center  and  directing  force  of  the entire damage control organization. Representa- tives  of  various  shipboard  divisions  are  also assigned  to  DCC. Reports  from  repair  parties  are  carefully checked.  This  information  enables  DCC  to  initiate immediate action to isolate damaged systems and to make emergency repairs in the most effective manner. Under the direction of the DCA, graphic records  of  the  damage  are  made  on  various damage  control  diagrams  and  status  boards  as reports  are  received.  For  example,  reports  on flooding  are  recorded,  as  they  come  in,  on  a  status board that indicates liquid distribution (fuel and water)  before  the  damage  occurred.  With  this information,  the  stability  and  buoyancy  of  the ship can be estimated and the necessary corrective measures can be taken. If  damage  control  central  is  destroyed  or  is  for other  reasons  unable  to  retain  control,  designated repair  stations  take  over  the  responsibilities  of damage  control  central. Repair  Parties All ships have at least one repair party; most have  three  or  more.  Each  party  has  an  officer, a  chief  petty  officer,  or  a  senior  petty  officer  in charge.  This  person  is  called  the  repair  locker leader  or  repair  party  leader.  The  makeup  of  each repair party depends upon the type of ship, the section of the ship assigned to the repair party, and  the  number  of  personnel  available.  The following chart lists the repair parties and their assigned  areas  of  responsibility: Repair  Party Location  or  Function Repair  1 Main  deck  repair Repair 2 Forward  repair Repair 3 After  repair Repair 4 Amidship  repair Repair 5 Propulsion  repair Repair 6 Ordnance Repair 7 Gallery deck and island structure Repair 8 Electronics Additionally,   aircraft   carriers   and   ships equipped  for  helicopter  operations  have  crash  and salvage  teams  and  personnel  trained  to  repair damaged  aviation  fuel  piping  systems.  Carriers also  have  an  ordnance  disposal  team. The   specific   purpose   of   each   repair   party depends on its area of responsibility. Each repair party   must   be   able   to   perform   the   following functions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Make  repairs  to  electrical  and  sound- powered telephone circuits, and rig casualty power Give  first  aid  and  transport  injured personnel  to  battle  dressing  stations without  seriously  reducing  the  party’s damage  control  capabilities Detect,  identify,  and  measure  radiation dose  and  dose  rate  intensities;  decon- taminate  the  affected  areas  of  nuclear, biological,  and  chemical  attacks Identify, control, and extinguish all types of  fires Evaluate and report correctly the extent of damage   in   the   repair   party’s   area   of responsibility Control  flooding Make  repairs  to  various  piping  systems Be familiar with all damage control fittings in their assigned areas, such as watertight doors,   hatches,   scuttles,   ventilation systems,  and  various  valves On large ships each party is subdivided into several units and assigned to the various sectors of the repair party’s area of responsibility. That speeds up inspections and reduces the chances of an entire repair party’s becoming a casualty. Each unit  establishes  patrols,  normally  consisting  of three persons who determine material conditions in their sectors. These patrols report to their repair party  headquarters,  which,  in  turn,  reports  to DCC. When all hands are on board, major emer- gencies are met with the crew at general quarters. In port, with all hands not on board, each duty section has a duty in-port fire party and a rescue and  assistance  detail.  If  any  emergency  arises,  all personnel  not  assigned  specific  duties  fall  in  at quarters.  These  personnel  are  then  available  to assist the duty in-port fire party and the rescue and assistance detail. 17-10

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