. Supervise the maintenance of the damage control
log that contains violations of the prescribed material
condition of readiness. Log entries must include the
name and rate of the person requesting the authority to
violate a prescribed condition. They must also include
the time of the violation, the type of fittings involved,
the estimated duration of the violation, and the actual
time the material condition of readiness is restored.
. Determine the status of fuel and ballast tanks that
were empty or filled during the watch and enter the
information, including the number of the tanks
concerned, in the rough log.
. Make hourly reports to the OOD concerning the
watertight integrity of the ship.
. Make sure the ships draft is recorded (taken, if
in port, otherwise computed) daily during the
0400-0800 watch. Do it before entering or leaving port
and before and after replenishment (fueling,
provisioning, or rearming).
l Make sure damage control patrols sound all voids
and cofferdams once each watch and report results.
. Notify the OOD, DCA, and weapons (deck)
department officer when the fire alarm board indicates
that the temperature of any magazine is above 105°°F.
. Maintain custody of the master key for repair
party lockers and make sure it is issued only to
. Make sure material condition Yoke is set before
sunset. Normally, at the end of the working day
(approximately 1700) the damage control watch officer
asks the OOD to have all divisions check the setting of
material condition Yoke and makes reports to the DCC.
The damage control watch officer initiates the necessary
follow-up action to ensure compliance by divisions
failing to make reports.
The damage control watch officer reports directly
to the OOD on matters affecting watertight integrity,
stability, trim, or other conditions that adversely affect
the safety of the ship. He reports to the DCA for
technical control and matters affecting the
administration of his watch.
The Damage Control Watch
Figure 1-7 shows the damage control condition IV
watch organization. Enlisted personnel for the repair
division normally man the damage control patrol
(sounding and security) watches. The sounding and
security watch reports to the damage control watch
officer. Chief and first class petty officers of the repair
division in some ships augment the watch personnel
assigned the duties of the damage control watch officer.
The Engineer Officer of the Watch
The EOOW is the officer on watch in charge of the
main propulsion plant and of the associated auxiliaries.
On some smaller ships, the EOOW may be a senior
petty officer. He is primarily responsible for the safe
and efficient performance of the engineering
department watches (except damage control) associated
with the equipment in his charge. The engineer officer
determines if an officer or petty officer of the
engineering department is qualified. If so, the engineer
officer assigns him to the watch. The engineer officer
or, in his absence, the MPA is authorized to direct the
EOOW concerning the duties of the watch when such
action is considered necessary. The EOOW has the
. Make frequent inspections of the engineering
department machinery (boilers, engines, generators,
evaporators, and auxiliaries) to make sure they are
operated according to current instructions. Make sure
required logs are properly kept; machinery and controls
are properly manned; all applicable inspections and tests
are being performed; and all applicable safety
precautions are being observed.
. Frequently monitor IC circuits in use to make
sure required circuits are properly manned, circuit
discipline is being maintained, and correct message
procedures and terminology are being used.
Figure 1-7. A typical condtion watch IV damage control