soldering irons, cutting torches, and uncovered lights
are included in this category. When work requiring the
use of flame, heat, or spark-producing devices is
urgently required in or adjacent to an ammunition
stowage space, follow the procedures outlined in
OPNAVINST 8023.2 (series) and OPNAVINST
5. Emphasize safety precautions applicable to
in-service ammunition items or equipment by using
applicable signs throughout the ship. Signs may be
obtained as Cog I material. They are indexed in Section
13 of Navy Stock List of Forms and Publications
Cognizance Symbol I, NAVSUP Publication 2002, or
when not listed in NAVSUP 2002, you may obtained
them from a tender-type ship by submission of a work order.
6. Emergency drills requiring the use of the general
alarm system, ships bell or whistle arent conducted
aboard ship while moored to an ammunition-activity
pier, unless specific approval for such drills has been
granted by the commanding officer of the ammunition
Similarly, such emergency drills arent conducted
by ships nested together or at a pier where
ammunition-handling operations are in progress, or by
a ship underway during an ammunition handling
7. Ammunition evolutions involving direct contact
with ammunition components are curtailed during local
atmospheric disturbances, such as thunderstorms or
high winds. Operations arent resumed until
nonhazardous conditions prevail.
8. Stowage of privately owned ammunition and
small arms is permitted aboard ship if approved by the
commanding officer. This type of stowage is subject to
the security requirements of chapter 700 of the Naval
Ships Technical Manual, Ammunition Handling and
Stowage, NAVSEA S9086-XG-STM-000.
9. Ships and craft entering commercial or naval
shipyards for periods longer than 6 weeks are
completely offloaded of all ammunition, except the
small arms ammunition that the commanding officer
considers necessary for the maintenance of security
aboard ship and inert ordnance items such as bomb fins.
If a ship is expected to remain in the yard for less
than 6 weeks, the ship offloads, as a minimum, all
ammunition or explosives that cant be stowed in
sprinkler-protected or floodable spaces.
10. The number of personnel engaged in
ammunition and explosive handling operations is
limited to the minimum necessary for safe and efficient
performance of the work. Unauthorized personnel
arent permitted in a magazine, missile handling or
testing area, or at any handlng operation involving
explosives or ammunition. Visiting personnel are
accompanied by a responsible escort.
11. As a general rule, any pyrotechnic device that is
armed and otherwise prepared for launching or
activating but hasnt been used may be dearmed,
restored to its original packing, and returned to stowage.
The exceptions to this rule are Mk 25 and Mk 58 marine
location markers, Mk 48 decoy flares, and aircraft
parachute flares. If such devices cant be made safe
beyond question, they must be stowed in lockers or
disposed of according to current directives.
12. When the temperature in a magazine containing
gas generators, propelling charges, or fixed ammunition
reaches 110°F or above, certain actions must be taken
to preserve safety and stability of the explosives.
When the magazine temperature is between 110°F
and 120°F, the magazine should be artificially cooled,
as practical. The number of hours and the maximum
temperature reached during each hour of exposure
above 110°F, but less than 120°F, must be recorded.
When the cumulative total number of hours of exposure
to these temperatures reaches 500 hours, the ammuni-
tion must be expended or turned into an ammunition
activity, stating the reason for return, If the ammunition
was subjected to these temperatures for less than 500
hours, it should be expended during subsequent firings.
When the magazine temperature is between 120°F
and 130°F, the magazine should be artificially cooled,
as practical. A special record of the number of hours of
exposure and the maximum temperature reached each
hour should be made. When a cumulative total of 100
hours of exposure above 120°F is reached, prior to a
cumulative total of 500 hours of exposure between
110°F and 130°F, the ammunition must have priority for
expenditure or be turned in to an ammunition storage
activity at the first opportunity.
At temperatures above 130°F, the ammunition
should be removed from the magazine and turned in to
the nearest ammunition activity. When there is no
storage activity immediately available and the ship is in
port, the ammunition may be retained on board in a
segregated magazine or in a ready-service room or
locker. All possible methods should be used to lower
the temperature of the ammunition until the ship is able
to turn it in to the nearest ammunition activity.