EFFECTS OF DAMAGE
SDC FIXES SHALL BE USED ONLY IN COMBAT OR OTHER
EMERGENCY CONDITIONS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE VESSEL
DAMAGES SHALL BE REPAIRED BY STANDARD
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE.
Section I. TYPES OF DAMAGE
GENERAL. Knowing the type of damage and what emergency repair action to take can save the ship and its
crew to permit it to continue on the assigned mission or give it the capability to return to a base for more extensive
repairs. Generally, most damage can be classified as follows:
Large holes below the waterline.
Small holes and cracks below the waterline.
Holes in the hull above the waterline.
Punctured, weakened, or distorted bulkheads.
Flooded machinery compartments or other vital spaces.
Warped or sprung doors and hatches.
Weakened or ruptured beams, supports, and other strength members.
Ruptured or weakened decks.
Wreckage interfering with system function.
Ruptured or cracked pipe lines.
Severed or damaged electric cables.
Broken or distorted foundations under machinery.
Broken or pierced machinery units.
Fire with its attendant heat, smoke, and other damage.
NATURE OF DAMAGE. The nature of repairs that a ship requires depends upon the type of damage, type of
vessel, and location of damage. Collisions, grounding, and storms have in many cases caused damage so severe as to
threaten the survival of very large ships. Self-inflicted damage can stem from the lack of adequate preparation or