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A ship is a floating community even if it only has 275 citizens, and all the services necessary for a community must be available. MANATEE is no exception. A galley provides three meals a day, and during long unreps, snacks and special rations. It requires careful plan- ning by the Commissarymen to anticipate the needs of an entire crew. The cooks ' day begins at 0530 and ends late at night. No matter what the tempo of operations, the cooks had the meals ready. A ship ' s barbershop, laundry, and store provide daily services just as their counterparts at home. Getting out the dc CALANTONI busy. nail keeps (L-R) SN BLOCKER, 5N KLEEH and PC2 After serving the evening meal the Stewards relax over cards. (L-R) TN QUITILEr TN CAPISTRANO, SD2 ORDAS and TN VARGAS. Underway, the ship settles into a routine of watch, work and sleep. Twenty-four hours a day people have to be oper- ating the ship and a system of alternating watches insures that personnel can sleep, work, and still maintain an alert watch. Maintenance is a continuing job. Whenever there is a break from replenishment operations, the chipping, painting, cleaning, greasing and repairing goes on. MANATEE is a twenty-five year old ship and her constant service requires repair and close checks on all mechanical gear. Buying cigarettes at the ship ' s store, the best place for general items. 41
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DAILY ROUTINE Chaplain SNYDER riding the ship for a line trip, leads the Sunday service. The bridge wolch on a roullne day (I R) SN AHSOAK. BM3 ROSS, SN DAVIS. 40
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DRILLS BM3 ROSS sounds general quarter GENERAL QUARTERS As a naval vessel, MANATEE has to be ready for any emergency. The possibility of attack or fire requires a quick reacting team capable of manning the ship ' s battery, repairing damage, and aiding the wounded. To train for this possibility, the ship constantly conducts drills. At first indication of trouble, the crew is ordered to general quarters. These are the battle stations, and when the manned and ready report is received on the bridge the ship is fully prepared to take care of any situation. No one walks to their station, since seconds can count in an emergency. The gun crews stand ready to open fire on order from the bridge. Repair teams, trained to combat fires, explosions or the products of nuclear and chemical warfare, are spread throughout the ship, with open communica- tions to damage control central, where repair is coordinated. Main engine control has the best trained men standing by the throttles, boilers, and generators to provide the ship the power and mobility to meet the emergency. At each of the drills a simulated situation is created (fire, man overboard, or attack) and the crew tests its ability to react effectively. After each drill, the crew evaluates the action taken, and corrects any discovered problems. 42
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