Naval Terminology.

#1
In the Royal Navy, the tradition and modern technology go hand in hand. Throughout training you will be taught the technology applicable to your branch of preference and also some Naval Traditions. A strong part of the Naval traditions is the naval terminology. A venacular, peculiar to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, which as evolved and developed over many, sometimes hundreds of years, sometimes called or referred to as Seamen like language or "Jackspeak". On joining the Royal Navy you will be hearing words, terminology and phrases which you do no understand. Don't worry, you will quickly become familiar with these and listed below are just a few to help you on your way. :pr:


  1. The Pusser/Pussers - The Royal Navy/of the Royal Navy
  2. WO/Warrant Officer - Addressed as "Sir"
  3. CPO/Cheif Petty Officer - Addressed as "Chief"
  4. PO/Petty Officer - Addressed as "PO"
  5. Killick/Leading Hand - Addressed as Leader, Leading Hand or Hookey
  6. Clubswinger/Clubs - Physical Training Instructor
  7. Divisonal Officer - Your "Boss"
  8. Senior Rates - Term for Warrant Officers, Chiefs and Petty Officers
  9. Junior Rates - Term for Leading Hands and below
  10. Matelot (Pronounced MATLOW) - A Sailor/Naval Raiting
  11. Class Leader - A selected member of your class
  12. Call the Hands - Means "Get out of bed"
  13. Clean Ship/Cleaning Stations - Sweeping/Mopping/Scrubbing - Prepare for Rounds
  14. Mess/Messdeck - Your living Quarters
  15. Rounds - Formal Inspection of your messdeck/toiletes/bathrooms
  16. Heads - Toilets
  17. Rescrub - Not good enough, do it again!
  18. Parade Drill - Marching and saluting etc
  19. Kit Muster - Formal Inspection of your kit
  20. Divisions - Formal Parade
  21. Supper - Early evening meal
  22. Pipe down - Lights out, go to sleep
  23. Nine o'clockers - Later evening meal
  24. Turn to - Start work
  25. Secure - Stop work
  26. Stand easy - Short tea break but also a drill order
  27. Dhobying - Washing - Usually by hand
  28. Dhoby Dust - Washing Powder
  29. Ashore - Going outside the establishment your living in
  30. Slide - Butter or margarine
  31. Sea dust - Salt
  32. Pit - Bed
  33. Jimmy - First Lieutenant or Executive Officer
  34. Scran - A Meal
  35. Snorkers - A Sausage
  36. Daily Dits - Daily Orders
  37. Dit - A story or quote usually funny
  38. Stokers/Clankies - ET(ME)
  39. WAFU - (Wet and Fu**ing Useless) - AET
  40. Jack Dustys - Supply Chain Logistician
  41. Goffa - Drink
  42. Wet - Any beverage hot or cold
  43. Adrift - Late/Absent from place of duty
  44. Onboard - Inside the establishment
  45. Run Ashore - Leisure time down to town
  46. Gash - Baby or new entrant
  47. Nozzer - New entrant
  48. Jabs - Vaccinations etc
  49. Muster - Collect/gather at a specific loaction
  50. Oppo - Close friend
  51. Guzz - Devonport/Plymouth
  52. Pompey - Portsmouth
  53. Remdial Instruction - Extra tuition in own time
  54. OOD - Officer of the day
  55. OOW - Officer of the watch
  56. Duty Part of the Watch - ratings detailed for additional duties that day
  57. Rig of the day - Uniform as specified to be worn
  58. Deck - Floor
  59. Deckhead - Ceiling
  60. Bulkhead - Wall
  61. Oggin - The Sea/Water
  62. Civvies - Civilian clothing
  63. Make-n-mend - Afternoon off
  64. Bimble - Walk
Edit : Ignore 8 and 9.

Just the basics, feel free to add anymore.
 
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#3
It's 'make 'n' MEND'.

A Warrant Officer is not a Senior Rate, he or she is a Warrant Officer - hence the term "Warrant Officers and Senior Rates" as in "Warrant Officers' and Senior Rates' Mess" for example.
 
#4
In the Royal Navy, the tradition and modern technology go hand in hand. Throughout training you will be taught the technology applicable to your branch of preference and also some Naval Traditions. A strong part of the Naval traditions is the naval terminology. A venacular, peculiar to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, which as evolved and developed over many, sometimes hundreds of years, sometimes called or referred to as Seamen like language or "Jackspeak". On joining the Royal Navy you will be hearing words, terminology and phrases which you do no understand. Don't worry, you will quickly become familiar with these and listed below are just a few to help you on your way. :pr:



  1. Clubswinger/Clubs - Physical Training Instructor.
Word of warning though - as a nod (new entry) don't ever call a PTI "clubs". Otherwise you will find your arse kicked all round the gym. It's Staff to you.

Snorkers - good oh!! :hungry:
 
#5
It's 'make 'n' MEND'.

A Warrant Officer is not a Senior Rate, he or she is a Warrant Officer - hence the term "Warrant Officers and Senior Rates" as in "Warrant Officers' and Senior Rates' Mess" for example.
And may also be addressed as Mr + surname.
 
#7
No 46 - In my 28 years in the RN I have never heard the term Gash referring to a 'Baby or new entrant'!
That's a new one on me as well, although that's what a few of them are!!

I was always happy to be the gash hand at working parties though.
 
#8
Winger.............bezzy oppo !
'Arry choppingtons.........a bit of roughers !
'Arry frostingtons...........a bit parky !
'Arry what ever with a 'tons' on the end.......make it up as you go along !
 
#15
84 Brass necked not even a sprog = See Murph.

Just provide a link to the Jackspeak page on the RN website or already done somewhere on RR from which you stole this, you clunge.
 

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#18
Why not just buy Jack Speak? Apparantly Rick Jolly has now retired so there will not be any more editions. Ebay usually have a few available
 
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