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On the mezzanine deck, watertight doors protect the bow ramp machinery spaces, port and starboard, and the
port and starboard side entrances to the crew's berthing spaces at frame 85.
The poop deck watertight doors are to the crew's messroom, garbage stowage space at frame 96, and to the
passageways port and starboard at frame 113.
Officers' deck watertight doors are port and starboard at frame 102.
Pilothouse watertight doors are port and starboard at frame 100.
Section III. FIRE
FIRE DAMAGE. In addition to the structural damage caused by battle or collision, fire is almost certain to follow.
Unless the fire is extinguished speedily and effectively, more serious damage than that caused by the initial problem can
result. Many ships have been lost by fire. Experience indicates that steel ships can become floating furnaces, fed by the
combustible and flammable materials carried on board. Some ships have become blazing infernos which had to be
abandoned and later sunk by our own forces because fires got out of control and prevented the effective application of
damage control actions.
Fire may cause the loss of a ship after other damage has been repaired or minimized. There is a substantial
amount of combustible material on board the LSV. Fire must be considered a potential hazard requiring every effort to
eliminate, control, and extinguish.
INTRODUCTION.  This section is designed to cover the basic equipment, procedures, and techniques for
preventing or minimizing ship damage resulting from fire, explosion, grounding, collision, flooding, or adverse weather.
Keep command informed. A prime consideration in damage control is keeping command informed. The
timeliness and accuracy of all reports to command will have a direct bearing upon the speed and success attained in
correcting the damage. Command must be continually informed of progress in correcting damage, and particularly of a
deteriorating situation. A continual flow of information to command must be maintained by the most efficient and rapid
means available. Excess reporting is better than too little.
Initial report. Reporting known or suspected damage is an all-hands responsibility. The speed with which
command is informed of damage and the accuracy and thoroughness of the report will be key factors in reducing
material casualties. Anyone aware of damage


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