scrapping, the damage control books should be burned
N AVA L S H I P S ' T E C H N I C A L M A N UA L
(NSTM).-- A complete set of NSTMs should be
and their disposition reported to NAVSEA.
available in the engineering log room. They are usually
R E PA I R PA R T Y M A N UA L . -- T h e t y p e
available on a single CD-ROM and may be available on
commander is responsible for the preparation of a
a ship-wide network. These manuals cover different
standard repair party manual for ships under his or her
aspects of damage control, which include the
authority. The repair party manual provides detailed
following: fire fighting, flooding, ship's stability, and
information on the standard methods and techniques
used in damage control as outlined in U.S. Navy
you complete your damage control personnel
Regulations, NWP 3-20.31.
The repair party manual should include damage
DA M AG E C O N T RO L B O O K S . -- D a m a g e
control procedures covering emergency damage
control books are furnished to all naval ships over
220 feet long and to some select smaller ships. Ships
c o n t r o l c o m m u n i c a t i o n s , c a s u a l t y p ow e r, a n d
under 220 feet long that are not issued a damage
counterflooding (where applicable). Door-and-hatch
control book may develop their own. These books
locations, air-conditioning and ventilation systems,
contain descriptive information, tables, and diagrams.
and compressed air systems are also included. In
Each book is pertinent to an individual ship. The
addition, a standard repair party manual may include
information given covers the following six subjects:
the following information:
1. "Damage control systems"
1. A listing of the important features of each
repair party area, including machinery, storage spaces,
3. "Ship's piping systems"
2. Protective measures involving material and
4. "Ship's electrical systems"
personnel with respect to imminent air attack, surface
5. "Ship's ventilation systems"
attack, underwater attack, fire, collision, and CBR
6. "General information"
3. Methods of investigating damage; necessary
N ava l S e a S y s t e m s C o m m a n d ( NAV S E A )
precautions and means of reporting damage
maintains a record of all damage control books
distributed. The books may not be transferred without
4. Use of equipment for the following purposes:
NAVSEA authorization. The engineer officer is
fire fighting, flooding control, repairing damage in
normally the custodian of the damage control books.
action (shoring, pipe patching, etc.)
Upon transfer, this officer must account for all copies
before passing custody to the relieving officer.
reporting, and decontamination of material)
You may requisition additional books with
6. Personnel casualty control (first aid and
diagrams lithographed in color from the Naval Supply
Depot, Philadelphia. Books with black-and-white
diagrams should be requested from the planning yard
7. Primary and alternate methods of providing
of the ship. Copies of the damage control book should
emergency service to vital systems by means of casualty
be available in DC central, main engine control, and
each repair party locker.
restore firemain or magazine sprinkling service
It is important to keep all copies of the ship's
8. Damage control central (DCC) location,
damage control book up to date. One copy should be
considered the "master copy" and be kept current at all
9. A chain of command diagram
times by the damage control assistant (DCA). The
master copy is then used to update the other copies.
10. A secondary DCC description
NSTM, chapter 079, volume 2, contains the guidelines
for updating a damage control book. These changes
11. Repair parties personnel billets, including
include alterations completed by ship's force and those
duties, functions, and responsibilities; subunits (where
completed by other activities. When the ship is
applicable); and required publications, plates, plans,
decommissioned and scheduled for disposal or