Real Naval Questions
Some questions for the ex (Or present) Navy personnel on the list, or anyone who knows that answers.
1) Battle Stations? Action Stations? General Quarters? Which is really used?
Is there a difference between GQ and Battle Stations? and does the real navy use Red and Yellow alerts or is that just Trek?
Battle Stations and General Quarters are used in the USN, I believe the
Action Stations is the Brit version of GQ.
General Quarters is a basic lock down of the ship, it might be for getting ready to fight, it might be to combat casualties. Think of it as getting everyone up, alert and ready to react to what ever the CO wants done. Everyone has a GQ station (where he goes to when the GQ is sounded). Consider it a higher level of readiness.
Battlestations is getting ready to ruin somebodies whole day, in what ever way you can. The cannon is cocked and the safety is off as it were. There are variations to Battlestations, and where an individual might report changes accordingly. For example when a Trident Submarine goes to Battlestations Torpedo, the crew readies to fire torpedos, the strategic (that is to say bomb) troops on watch continue on as they normally do, those off watch respond to damage control parties. On the other hand when a T-hull goes to Battlestations Missile, the strategic troops triple man each position, and the torpedo troops take care of damage control.
Alerts are trek silliness. The US Military has levels of readiness that vary between services. On the national level we all share DefCon (or Defense
Condition) numbers 1 through 4. DefCon 4 is the normal everyday state of readiness, DefCon 1 is the end of the world, Moscow in Flames, missiles heading for New York, film at 11. DefCon 2 and 3 are in between.
2) What does a Bosun do? What IS a Bosun? In the RCN books, the Bosun is counted as an Officer, I thought they were NCOs?
A Bosun is a rating that concerns him/her self with the condition of the ship, line handling et al. I believe that the Royal Navy 'Bosun' is what the USN calls 1st Lieutenant, that being the Officer assigned to oversee the Mere Enlisted Scum (tm) who are actually doing the work.
3) What do the various Chiefs aboard a ship do? What is a Chief Petty Officer?
A CPO is the E-7 grade of the many and varied ratings assigned to a ship. Theoretically the Chief is in the administration quagmire, taking care of the paperwork that makes the Navy run. There are two enlisted grades above him, that being the Senior and Master Chief Petty Officers. Though is practice all three of the paygrades are called 'Chiefs'.
4) Is the Chief Engineer an officer, (Comdr., etc) or a CPO? If he's an officer, do you call him Chief, or by his rank?
On most ships the Engineer is a Commander (O-5). On some a Captain (O-6), (but not THE Captain). A small ship (like a tug) the Engineer could be a Mere Enlisted Scum (tm), in fact the Captain on a Tug is frequently a E-6 or E-7 (and is addressed as Captain.)
What you call him depends on the man. Most are called 'Eng' or "Engineer". If he is a jerkwad you might call him by his full name and title ("Commander Wilson" for example) as a form of insult that he can't do anything about. Your little way of letting him know he isn't 'crew'.
I am not aware of the title "Chief Engineer" being used in the USN, it may be a Brit thing.
5) What do Warrent Officers do on a ship?
Warrants do the same thing all the other officers do, paperwork. In theory they are a bridge between the wardroom and the technical experts in the enlisted grades (translators of technology to layman as it were) in practice however the career path to warrant makes them a generation or two behind the level of tech in actual use. Warrants are usually good people to work for.
You know that when he assigns a shitty job that he knows how nasty is it having done it himself.
6) Is the 1st Officer the same as the Executive Officer? (I've seen it both ways in some books/movies)
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