A special general degree of readiness applies only
to certain ships. It provides for maintaining armament
ready for immediate action for prolonged periods of
time such as extended periods of shore bombardment.
Condition watch II provides for the special degree of
The third and fourth general degrees of readiness
are similar. The third requires a part of the armament to
be ready for immediate action and the remainder on
short notice. The fourth requires apart of the armament
to be ready for immediate action and the remainder on
prolonged notice. Condition watch III provides for
either the third or fourth general degree of readiness.
The fifth general degree of readiness is generally
referred to as peacetime cruising and requires no
manning of armament. Condition watch IV provides for
the fifth degree of readiness.
The sixth general degree of readiness applies to the
ship in port under peacetime conditions and requires no
manning of armament. Condition watch V provides for
the sixth degree of readiness.
The administration of condition watches III, IV, and
V requires the particular attention of the engineer
officer and his division officers. The watch station of
the other condition watches are prescribed, by billets, in
the ships battle bill. The engineering department
requirements are the same for condition watch III
(wartime cruising) and condition IV (peacetime
cruising) in most ships. Therefore, only condition watch
IV and condition watch V are discussed in detail in this
To ensure a smooth transition from one of the three
watch conditions (III, IV, and V) to another, each watch
is divided into three sections. Each section is trained to
fulfill all the duties for wartime cruising and peacetime
conditions in port. With a properly trained crew, the ship
may, as a matter of routine, enter port or put to sea
without special adjustments in watches and without
requiring abnormally long watches for key personnel.
The three sections become watches 1, 2, and 3
during condition watch III. Such watches normally
rotate duties underway in successive 4-hour periods.
Where practical, personnel should be assigned the same
watch stations for condition watch III that they will man
for condition watch I.
In port at anchor where condition watch V is
permitted, each section in succession assumes the
watches and duties for a period of 24 hours. Each
section, where practical, may be divided into three
The three-section watch is easily modified to
conform with special or local conditions. For example,
if 50 percent of the ships crew is required to remain on
board at all times in a certain port, one of the sections
can be split. Personnel of that section can be evenly
assigned by rates and numbers to the remaining two
sections. When modifications are necessary, division
officers should maintain as much of the original three
sections as possible.
The watch organization for condition watch IV
must provide qualified personnel for the normal
underway operation of the ship in peacetime while
ensuring the best economy of personnel in assignment
to watches. Condition IV calls for the following
No weapon batteries are manned.
The engineering plant is ready for power and
speeds when they are ordered.
Material condition Yoke is set and may be
modified for access during daylight hours.
Complete surface and horizon lookout coverage
is provided. Air lookouts are stationed when
flight operations are in progress in the vicinity.
The combat information center (CIC) is manned
for routine purposes. Interior communications
are manned as necessary. Exterior communica-
tions are manned as required to cover the
communication plan in effect.
Aircraft are in the condition of readiness required
by the flight schedules.
Figure 1-6 shows the condition watch IV watch
organization of a typical ship. The XO may relieve the
OOD in times of danger or emergency as prescribed in
the U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990. The navigator may
relieve the OOD when authorized or directed by the
CO. The lookouts and CIC watches report
simultaneously to the CIC watch officer and the OOD.
The steering aft watch is under operational control of
the OOD but under the technical control of the
engineering officer of the watch (EOOW).
Watch officers are in charge of the watch to which
they are assigned. The watch officer supervises and
controls the performance of those on watch under him