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Damage Control Publications: DC Books and Plates - Surface Ships

Planning Yard Points of Contact


  • Preparation and Revision of DC Books and Diagrams for US Navy Surface Ships Dated 23 Nov. 2010, NTS 9090-820A (PDF File - 4,400 KB)


NAVSEA issues damage control books and diagrams to all aircraft carriers, surface combatants, amphibious ships, mine warfare ships, fleet support ships and large floating drydocks. As a rule, NAVSEA does not issue damage control books and diagrams for small vessels less than 200 feet in length, such as small patrol craft, landing craft, small fleet support vessels and yard craft. The crews for such vessels may independently develop their own damage control books and diagrams. Damage control books are issued to ships in both the active fleet and Naval reserve force. Recipients of damage control books are held responsible for them to the same extent as for ship’s selected records and technical manuals. Custodians of the books, upon their detachment or relief, shall account for all books and turn them over to their successors. These books and plates are also issued by the Planning Yards on a CD in electronic format and are used for schoolhouse and shipboard training, familiarization, and use during a casualty as part of the damage control organization’s portable electronic notebook.


Damage control diagrams are used in damage control central, the bridge and damage control repair stations during casualties to plot and display the current status of fire and flooding, boundaries, and other damage control casualties. The damage control diagrams are also used during casualties to trace out ships’ systems. During a major casualty, it is usually necessary to muster some personnel and possible rescue and assistance teams from other ships to areas located away from usual damage control stations. The ship’s extra sets of laminated and non-laminated diagrams should be carried to these mustering points to assist in orienting and coordinated personnel.


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