Learning Navy & Marine Corps Terms for Bloggers’ Embark

May 26th, 2009   •   6 comments   

In preparation for the embark for the USS Nimitz trip, I was sent the following terms to learn by Dennis Hall. Dennis is the man in the middle of the picture here along with Guy Kawasaki and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Guy. We embark on Thursday May 29th from San Diego and return May 30th. I am a bit nervous as I don’t know what to expect despite having been well prepared by the Navy and Dennis Hall.

Navy & Marine Corps terms:
Activity = Evolution
Arresting Cable
Arresting Hook
Back of Ship = Stern
Bed = Berth
Bed = Rack
Blue Angels = Navy Air Demonstration Squadron fly F-18s
Bolter = Pilot missed arresting cable on landing attempt
Bow = Front of Ship
Bridge = Commanding Officers’ station
Brig = Jail
Call sign, e.g. “Daddy”, “Garage”, “Slick”, “Woz”
Carrier Onboard Delivery = COD aircraft or C-2 Greyhound
Catapult Launch = “Cat launch”
Commander, Naval Air Forces – Pacific = COMNAVAIRPAC
Commanding Officer = CO
CO = Commanding Officer
CVN = “aircraft carrier, fixed wing, nuclear powered”
Executive Officer = XO
Dining = Mess
Dining Area = Mess Deck
Distinguished Visitor = “DV”
Drink = Pacific Ocean’s water
DV = Distinguished Visitor
Food = Chow
Front of Ship = Bow
General Quarters
Hallway = Passageway
Jail = Brig
Landing = “Trap”
Landing = Recovery
Left = Port
Left side of ship = Portside
Manifest = Boarding Pass
Marines or Marine
Meal = Chow
Mess = Dining
Mess Deck = Dining Area
Military Occupational Specialty (military job) = MOS
MOS = Military Occupational Specialty (military job)
Pace = Operational Tempo or “Ops Tempo”
PAO = Public Affairs Officer
Personnel … Enlisted … Petty Officer … Officer
Public Affairs Officer = PAO
Right side of ship = Starboard side
Sailor = Warrior
Semper fi = Semper fidelis
Stack
Starboard = Right
Stern = Back of ship
Training Officer = TO
Take-off = Catapult Launch if fixed-wing aircraft
Tired = Beat
Window = Porthole
Windshield = Wind screen
XO = Executive Officer
You = Distinguished Visitor or “DV”

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  1. Chris Kocher says:

    Jennifer,
    Very cool trip with the navy. I knew all your terms but thought I’d help out as there were a couple that were not defined on the list.

    General Quarters= Alarm, get to your stations, similar to an all hands on deck or warning to the whole crew. Usually assoicated with loud klaxons sounding.

    Stack= smokestack although most modern ships have much smaller stacks than the old steam powered ships which burned coal.

  2. Chris Kocher says:

    Jennifer,

    Very cool trip with the navy. I knew all your terms but thought I’d help out as there were a couple that were not defined on the list.

    General Quarters= Alarm, get to your stations, similar to an all hands on deck or warning to the whole crew. Usually assoicated with loud klaxons sounding.

    Stack= smokestack although most modern ships have much smaller stacks than the old steam powered ships which burned coal.

    Hopefully not too bad for a guy who was never int eh Navy….

  3. Chris, thanks for your additional information. Great to know. I know it is going to be an awesome trip. I leave tonight for San Diego then off to the NIMITZ on friday morning.

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