The board chairman is not required to be certified.
However, the board chairman certifies other board
members. Because of the number of tasks and the
number of explosives devices found in some
commands, board augmentation with personnel from
other commands is authorized and, in some instances,
Some of the responsibilities of the certification
board are discussed below.
The objective of the board is to ensure that
applicable personnel are certified to perform
those explosive devices work tasks required for
accomplishment of the command mission.
The board coordinates the unit personnel
administrative procedures are established to
ensure the establishment and effectiveness of the
proficiency of the personnel being nominated
for certification and makes recommendations
concerning certification nomination to the board
chairman. If a person nominated for certification
requires additional training and/or experience
before certification can be made, that person's
division officer or supervisor be notified.
The board reviews proposed formal courses of
instruction and makes appropriate recommenda-
The board reviews safety infractions concerning
explosive devices. It makes recommendations to
unit commanders concerning corrective actions.
If an explosive incident or accident is caused by
a person's failure to use or to adhere to the
authorized procedures, the person's certification
REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATION IS
If a person exhibits a flagrant disregard of safety
precautions, a reckless operation of explosive devices
handling equipment, or unreliability, that person's
certification must be removed.
qualifications are given in OPNAVINST 8023.2.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the types
of ammunition stowage afloat. Identify the
types of stowage spaces afloat to include types
ammunition stowage requirements, environ-
mental control systems, sprinkler systems and
problems you won't find in other types of storage
facilities. When ships are underway, they are subjected
to random motion. Ammunition is fastened in place
firmly and securely when it isn't being handled.
Adequate ventilation is a problem. Most ammunition
stowage spaces are located below the main deck.
Normally, these areas require extensive piping and
venting to maintain proper temperature control and to
vent hazardous fumes.
specialized equipment for moving ammunition quickly
and efficiently. Stowage spaces are located close to
other working spaces, which presents hazards to others
on the ship, especially if there were a fire or explosion.
AMMUNITION STOWAGE SPACES
NAVSEASYSCOM develops and approves the
detailed specifications for construction of Navy ships
and individual ship's blueprints. Ammunition stowage
spaces (magazines) for various types and classes of
ships are designated in these specifications. Aircraft or
aircraft carriers' ammunition stowage magazines are
also approved by NAVAIRSYSCOM.
Magazines are arranged so they are close to supply,
have the best available protection, and the most
favorable stowage conditions. Figure 11-3 shows the
magazine locations of a typical CV/CVN (aircraft
carrier). For safety reasons, various types of explosives
and ammunition are stowed in separate magazines or
The type of stowage varies with the type of ship, the
space available and the amounts of explosive involved.
Label plates that designate the compartment and the
types of ammunition stowed in them mark all
magazines. Magazines are marked with warnings that
apply to specific special hazardous conditions and
operations. Additionally, paint-stenciled labels or
painted signs are installed on the outside surfaces of
ammunition stowage spaces (except where the outside