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first note and drop the salute on the last note. Remain at attention while the pipe again sounds “Alongside” as the boat departs. Do not break ranks from the gangway until you are released by the Boatswain's Mate. Never leave  the  vicinity  of  the  quarterdeck  without  permission of the Boatswain's Mate. During  these  side  honors,  you  may  have  the opportunity to see important people. Your close range, however, does not give you permission to stare at them as they pass. Your eyes must always be kept straight ahead. PIER  SENTRIES When required, the pier sentries will be posted at the head of the pier. They will perform duties as directed by the OOD (in port), including security of the pier and acting  in  ceremonial  duties. SECURITY  WATCHES Additional  security  watches  and  patrols  may  be assigned at the discretion of the Commanding Officer to increase   physical   security.   Accordingly,   watch personnel   must   keep   the   Commanding   Officer informed through at least hourly reports to the OOD (in port). Personnel assigned to security watches and patrols will be qualified by the Security Officer, if assigned,  or  the  department  head  responsible  for specific watch and patrol areas. Duties of security watches and patrols include, but are not limited to, the following: Maintaining  continuous  patrols  above  and  below decks Checking  classified  stowage,  including  spaces containing  classified  equipment Being alert for evidence of sabotage, theft, and hazards Checking security of weapons magazines Periodically inspecting damage control closures Checking the disbursing office and other spaces containing  public  funds Checking the ship's store outlets and storerooms ANCHOR  WATCH The anchor watch is stationed as required by the commanding officer. The watch is instructed by the ship's  boatswain,  and  watch  duties  are  performed  under the direction of the OOD. The watch, posted in the immediate vicinity of the ground tackle, maintains a continuous watch on the anchor chain to observe the strain  and  how  the  chain  is  tending.  You  should familiarize yourself with the different strains (light, light  to  moderate,  and  moderate  to  heavy  strain). When an anchor watch is posted, a drift lead is often in use. This is a weight dropped to the bottom, attached to a line that should be kept slack. When the bridge asks “HOW DOES THE DRIFT LEAD TEND?“, you should take up enough slack in the line to see which direction the lead is from the bow. As the ship veers around the anchor, the lead will tend to starboard or port, or underfoot. It may tend slightly aft as the ship surges. If there is no slack in the line and it tends noticeably  forward,  the  anchor  is  probably  dragging, and the bridge needs to know. SHIPBOARD  UNDERWAY  WATCHES LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the duties of the underway bridge team members. The personnel assigned to watch-standing duties are entrusted with the safety and proper operation of the ship. In many instances, watch standers who have failed to understand their responsibilities and authority have caused a collision, grounding, and even the loss of a ship. On the other hand, there are many cases of record where serious damage and loss of life were averted by the timely action of watch standers working as a coordinated  and  integrated  team. OFFICER  OF  THE  DECK  (OOD) UNDERWAY The officer of the deck (OOD) underway has been designated  by  the  Commanding  Officer  to  be  in  charge of the ship, including its safe and proper operation. The OOD reports directly to the Commanding Officer for the safe navigation and general operation of the ship; to the Executive Officer for carrying out the ship’s routine; and   to   the   Navigator   on   sighting   navigational landmarks,  and  on  course  and  speed  changes. JUNIOR OFFICER OF THE DECK (JOOD)/CONNING OFFICER The  JOOD/CONNING  OFFICER  is  the  principal assistant to the OOD. Anyone making routine reports to the OOD normally makes them through the Conning 1-4

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