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26. GENERAL. a. Assignments. Men will be assigned
abandon-ship stations and shown the routes to them.
Often, these routes will be marked by arrows painted on
the floor of passageways. Lifeboats or rafts will also be
assigned; learn the number and location of these so
well you can find them in the dark.
b. Inspection of equipment. Since men are moved
frequently to give others an opportunity to share the
limited bunk space, platoon commanders inspect the
equipment of every soldier at least once every 3 days.
c. Counterintelligence. Blackout at night, use of
ship's head (latrine) at prescribed times, and the pro-
hibition against throwing overboard garbage or other
matter are rigidly enforced. Other counterintelligence
measures are prescribed for each ship.
d. Abandon-ship drills. These are held at different
hours, without warning, and simulate real emergencies
as far as possible. Drills are first held by day to enable
men to become familiar with locations of ladders, cables,
equipment, and projecting parts, so they can find their
way to stations in the dark. Drills in the dark are given
later. Alternate routes to stations are prescribed. At
different times one or more routes are blocked off so that
men must use others and thus become familiar with
them. Instruction in leaving the ship includes use of
safety equipment, special precautions to be taken, and
conduct in the water and on lifeboats ai.d rafts.
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