Just out of interest i was wondering what is the general shift pattern on board a warship. I'm waiting on my PRNC date before i join the subs so i know that on a sub i will be working 6 on 6 off but i was just interested to see if that was the same shift pattern on a warship.
They're not called shifts. The navy does "watches", 7 in a day. Forenoon, Afternoon, Firstdog, Lastdog, First, Middle, Morning, 4 hours each with the exception of the Dogs which are 2 hours each. It will depend on what the ship is doing with regards to the "watch system" in place as there are many different patterns that are worked.
Such an hard life, as an REM 1 in 4 was every 4 days duty sea or alongside, possibly one or two of them 4 hour watch thingies to keep, as LWEM(R) 1 in 6 to 1 in 13 was gap in days between duties, with no watches, best I had was a shore draft when we were 1 in 26 days. Once I gave up the grey funnel line to get my Dolphins I had to work for my living at sea was 1 in 2 or skimmers call it defense watches along side 1 in ? depends on how many FWD Techs qualified.
I'm not too sure about watches either. I get the system but have always wondered if that is on top of your daily work ie does everyone do 8-4 and watches as well or does the ship's company just work on the watch system when at sea?