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Glossary of U.S. Navy Ship Terminology

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deck
The "floor" of a ship. Under surface of each deck forms the overhead (not the ceiling) of the compartment below.
weather deck
A deck or part of a deck exposed to the weather.
bulwarks
A solid fence along the gunwale of the main (weather) deck.
scuppers
Freeing ports which permit water to run off during heavy weather.
complete deck
A deck that extends from side to side and stem to stem
flight deck
The uppermost complete deck on an aircraft carrier.
main deck
The uppermost complete deck on all ships except aircraft carriers. On an aircraft carrier the hangar deck is the main deck.
second deck
first complete deck below the main deck
companionways (ladders)
stairs that lead from one deck to another.
flats
Plating or gratings installed only to provide working or walking surfaces above bilges.
forecastle
Deck above the main deck at the bow. Ships that do not have raised forecastles are called flush-deckers.
gallery deck
First half or partial deck below the flight deck on an aircraft carrier.
levels
This is a general term used to designate deck heights above the main deck. The first level above the main deck is the 01 (pronounced oh-one) level; the second (02) level, and so on.
poop deck
A partial deck above the main deck located all the way aft. A flush-decker does not have a poop deck, so the stern area of the main deck is called the main deck aft or the fantail.
quarterdeck
The quarterdeck is not an actual deck, but an area designated by the commanding officer for the conduct of official functions, and serves as the station of the officer of the deck. Its location in port depends on how the ship is moored.
compartments
They are the "rooms" of a ship.

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