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Replacement certificates for overseas births can be obtained though the State Department. Other records for life events that have taken place in the United States may be obtained through the CDC.
Bells have a centuries-long tradition of varied use in the navies and merchant fleets of the world. Signaling, keeping time, and sounding alarms are important in a ship's routine and readiness. Their functional and ceremonial uses have made them a symbol of considerable significance to the United States Navy. This infographic explains more.
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The term originates from the Allied Signals Book (ATP 1), which in the aggregate is for official use only. Signals are sent as letters and/or numbers, which have meanings by themselves sometimes or in certain combinations. A single table in ATP 1 is called "governing groups," that is, the entire signal that follows the governing group is to be performed according to the "governor." The letter "B" indicates this table, and the second letter (A through Z) gives more specific information. For example, "BA" might mean "You have permission to . . . (do whatever the rest of the flashing light, flag hoist or radio transmission says) "BZ" happens to be the last item in the governing groups table. It means "well done".
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Prior to imposition of NJP, a service member must first be notified by the commander of the nature of the misconduct of which he or she is accused, of the evidence supporting the accusation, and of the commander's intent to impose NJP. The commander will then hold a hearing at which the member may be present. The member may also have a spokesperson attend the hearing, may present evidence to the commander, and may request that the commander hear from certain witnesses. The commander must consider any information offered during the hearing, and must be personally convinced that the member actually committed misconduct before imposing punishment.
The maximum permissible punishments depends on the rank of the accused and that of the officer conducting the hearing. Permissible punishments for officers can include forfeiture of pay (up to ½ of one month's pay per month for two months), restriction to base or to the ship (up to 60 days), arrest in quarters (up to 30 days), and a reprimand.
Request Mast includes both the right of the member to personally talk to the commander, normally in person, and the requirement that the commander consider the matter and personally respond to the member requesting mast.
Request Mast provides a member the opportunity to communicate not only with his or her immediate commanding officer, but also with any superior commander in the chain of command up to and including the member's immediate commanding officer. Request Mast also provides commanders with firsthand knowledge of the morale and general welfare of the command.
Questions about Navy careers can be answered at MyNavyPortal.https://my.navy.mil/ as well as on NPC's Career page.
Questions about pay can be answered at MyPay.
Questions about leave can be answered at NSIPS.
Most historical records are housed at the National Archives, though more recent ones may be found at Naval History and Heritage Command.
Naval Historical Center
Ships History Branch
Deck Log Section
805 Kidder-Breese St.
Washington Navy Yard
Washington DC., 20374-5060
One of the best sources of the histories on the ships of the U.S. Navy is The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, an eight-volume reference set published by the Naval Historical Center. While much of the Dictionary has been available on non-government web site, the Naval Historical Center has now placed the entries on line. You can find the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html. The hard copy volumes are also available in most major public and university libraries. If your library does not have a copy of this set, you can ask your librarian to request a photocopy of the appropriate pages from the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and have them sent via fax. Some responding libraries will charge for this service.
The Naval Historical Center is on the World Wide Web at http://www.history.navy.mil or you can also write to them (they do not have the staff for e-mail) at:
Department of the Navy
Naval Historical Center
Ships' Histories Branch
805 Kidder Breese St. SE
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060
Learn more about the Navy Band's recordings at: https://www.navyband.navy.mil/media.html
Unfortunately, we do not produce our recordings in sufficient numbers to be able to fulfill individual requests. Please have your local library use the CD Request Form. We will be happy to send a full set of our most recent recordings.
U.S. Navy Band
Public Affairs Office-Recordings
617 Warrington Ave., S.E.
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5054
While not hosted on this site by the Navy Band, a number of pictures and videos of the Navy Band can be accessed through our Flickr page and YouTube channels
Further information can be found at: https://www.navyband.navy.mil/media.html
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