4B MM Self Defense

4B MM Self Defense - Merchant Ship Self-Defense:...

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Merchant Ship Self-Defense: Conventional Weapons and Tactics
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Objectives Identify the types of conventional attacks that a merchant ship may be subjected to and the self-defense weapons and tactics appropriate for each Understand how to prepare a merchant ship in advance to minimize battle damage and increase damage control effectiveness of the crew Understand the types of modular weapons and countermeasure systems which could be rapidly installed on merchant ships to enhance self-defense capability
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Merchant ships’ damage control capabilities are extremely limited compared to Navy standards due to the requirements of efficient cargo ship design and the extremely small crews that operate a modern merchant ship. Damage control training beyond that required for licensing can provide useful insight to the merchant officer. Today, as in WWII, many merchant ships sustaining direct hits, especially below the waterline must be abandoned.
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Types of attacks Whether a ship is routed independently or in a convoy, in a declared war or period of high tension, merchant ships are vulnerable to many types of attack Air Surface Submarine Underwater attack in port Mining Missile Attack
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What to do? If a ship comes under an attack or has reason to expect that an attack is imminent, report the situation to convoy commodore or nearest naval authority immediately Include all pertinent information that may enable the Navy to determine size/type/location of attacking force, the type of weapons used, and the status of the ship after the attack
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Preparing for attack if in danger area Set the maximum water tight integrity Ensure damage control equipment is ready for use Minimize fire and missile hazards Man weapons systems as appropriate to level of danger Ensure crew has protective equipment Gas masks Fire retardant coveralls Flash hoods Firefighting ensembles
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