To ignite the Navy light, tear off the protective strip,
These signals are packaged 12 per aluminum
container (Mk 3), with 9 containers (108 signals) per
remove the cover, and scrape the inverted cover across
wooden box. They may also be packaged 18 signals per
the top of the paper tube. As you strike the light, hold it
aluminum container (M2A1).
pointing away from you at an angle of about 45 degrees
to avoid contact with hot particles falling off the
MK 1 NAVY LIGHTS
pyrotechnic candle. Hold the light at that angle while it
Navy lights are hand torches that burn with a
Navy lights are shipped in metal containers, each
brilliant light visible up to 3 miles at night. They come
containing 6 to 12 lights. The metal containers are
in two colors, blue and red. The blue lights
packed into cardboard cartons that hold 12 metal
(Mk 1 Mod 1) burn for 75 seconds; the red lights
(Mk 1 Mod 0) burn for 135 seconds. The two lights are
containers. Since these lights deteriorate when exposed
to moisture, they should not be removed from their
containers until they are needed for use. For the same
Navy lights consist of a paper tube that contains the
reason, keep them away from water or moisture. Lights
pyrotechnic substance, with a wooden handle at one end
that have been left in open containers for more than 6
and a cover with an exterior coating of abrasive, like
months should be turned in to the nearest ammunition
that on the scratching side of a safety matchbox, at the
depot at the earliest opportunity. Lights that have
other end. A tear strip protects the exterior of the cover.
become chemically encrusted or give off an acetic acid
The upper end of the paper tube, beneath the cover, is
(vinegar) odor should be disposed of immediately. Put
capped by a fabric impregnated with igniting compound
similar to that on the head of a safety match.
them in a weighted sack and dump them overboard.
Figure 3-11.--The Mk 1 Navy light.