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The Naval Ships' Technical Manual (NSTM) is a set of books (called chapters) that contain general information on a variety of topics. You can find a complete listing of the NSTM chapters in chapter 001, General NSTM Publications Index and User Guide, NAVSEA S9086-AA-STM-010.

The chapters listed in the following paragraphs are related to your job as a Fire Controlman, both as a technician and as a member of a ship or station organization.

• NSTM Chapter 079-Damage Control­Practical Damage Control, NAVSEA S9086-CN- STM-020. Provides broad guidance for establishing a damage control organization. It is designed to help organizations plan before damage occurs, spend a minimal amount of time localizing damage that does occur, and make emergency repairs or restoration as quickly as possible after damage occurs.

• NSTM Chapter 300-Electric Plan-General, NAVSEA S9086-KC-STM-010. Provides information and instructions on electrical equipment, electrical safety precautions, electrical insulation and insulation resistance, and maintenance reconditioning of electrical equipment. It also provides the requirements that Fire Controlmen must meet in a shipboard safety program, including the use and maintenance of both organizational and personal electrical and electronic equipment.

• NSTM Chapter 400-Electronics, NAVSEA S9086-ND-STM-000. Provides major policies and instructions pertaining to the maintenance of electronic equipment and safety information on board both active and reserve ships.

• NSTM Chapter 631-Preservation of Ships in Service-Surface Preparation and Painting,

NAVSEA S9086-VD-STM-020. Provides instructions, requirements, and information for the prevention of corrosion of ships, boats, and small craft. Its topics include surface preparation, painting, and application of other preventive measures.

• NSTM Chapter 634-Deck Coverings, NAVSEA S9086-VG-STM-010. Provides information concerning materials, installation procedures, maintenance and repair of deck coverings, gratings, sealing methods, and caulking compounds used for sealing deck seams.


The Electronics Installation and Maintenance Book (EIMB) contains, in one convenient source, safety information, maintenance policies and philosophies, installation standards and practices, and overall electronic equipment and materials-handling procedures required by Chapter 400 of the Naval Ships' Technical Manual.

The EIMB, a 13-volume series of individual books, is an excellent source of basic information that can be used as a training tool for your work center. If space is available, you will benefit from having a complete set for your technical library. These books are periodically updated by incorporating the Engineering Information Bulletin (EIB) articles. EIMB/EIB's are also available on compact disc. Check with your supply department for details on ordering the latest compact disc version.


The Combat System Operational Sequencing System (CSOSS) is a collection of manuals specifically designed for each class of ship. The manuals include step-by-step procedures and supporting material for combat system personnel to use in supporting the operation and maintenance of combat system equipment. Combat system readiness fundamentals are provided in the Combat System Technical Operations Manual (CSTOM). The CSOSS and CSTOM manuals cover a wide spectrum of readiness fundamentals for each class of ship. Joint instruction COMNAVSURFLANTINST 4790.20/ COMNAVSURFPACINST 4790.9 (series) provides directions to commanding officers for use of CSOSS. CSOSS is a readiness tool that provides the means to manage combat systems readiness around-the-clock, at-sea and in-port, in peacetime and in wartime.

Consult your specific CSOSS User's Guide for detailed instructions and explanations concerning the requirements of your ship class and related equipment. Your ship's Combat Systems Officer of the Watch (CSOOW) and chain-of-command will help you find specific information about these manuals and CSOSS instructions.


Many other useful publications are available throughout the fleet. However, because of their vast number, we can describe only a few of them. You can identify many of these additional publications by checking the bibliographies of your primary publications.

Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards

Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards, NAVSEA OP 3565, is a two-volume manual that prescribes operating procedures and precautions to prevent injury to personnel, ignition of volatile vapors, and premature initiation of electroexplosive devices in ordnance in electromagnetic environments.

Volume I is Hazards to Personnel, Fuel, and Other Flammable Material. Volume 11 is divided into two parts: Part I-Hazards to Unclassified Ordnance Systems, and Part II-Hazards to Classified Ordnance Systems. Volume I and Volume 11, Part I are unclassified. All classified data is contained in Volume II, Part II.

Procedures for Conducting a Shipboard Electromagnetic Interference Survey (Surface Ships)

The Procedures for Conducting a Shipboard Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Survey (Surface Ships), MILSTD 1605 (SHIPS), provides detailed procedures for conducting an electromagnetic interference survey aboard surface ships.

Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series

The Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS) is a multi-modular set of manuals that contain a vast amount of information. The current modules are shown in table 2-1. The NEETS modules are high-quality training aids and are excellent review publications on basic electronics for all Fire Controlmen. ALL Fire Controlmen should be thoroughly familiar with the NEETS modules.

Equipment Identification Code Master Index

The Equipment Identification Code Master Index, NAMSO 4790.E2579, provides a listing of equipment identification codes (EICs) in two sections. Section I lists EIC numbers in numerical sequence and identifies the equipment nomenclature assigned to each EIC number. Section II lists nomenclature in alphanumerical sequence and identifies the EIC numbers assigned to the equipment.

Guide for User Maintenance of NAVSEA Technical Manuals

The Guide for User Maintenance of NAVSEA Technical Manuals, NAVSEA S0005-AA-GYD- 030, is an important part of the technical library, because keeping the technical manuals aboard your ship up to date is essential to the operational readiness of your command's systems and equipment.

Electrostatic Discharge Control Handbook for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts, Assemblies, and Equipment

The Electrostatic Discharge Control Handbook for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts, Assemblies, and Equipment (Excluding Electrically Initiated Explosive Devices) (Metric), MIL-HDBK 263, provides guidance, not requirements, for establishing and implementing an electrostatic

Table 2-1.-NEETS Modules

discharge (ESD) control program. This follows the requirements of Electrostatic Discharge Control Program for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts, Assemblies, and Equipment (Excluding Electrically Initiated Explosive Devices (Metric),

MIL-STD-1686. While this publication does not provide information on protecting electrically initiated explosive devices, it does apply to protecting electrical and electronic parts, assemblies, and equipment from damage due to ESD.

Q5. What is the Publication Applicability Listing (PAL)?

Q6.     What joint instruction gives guidance for use of the CSOSS?

Q7.     Which section of the Equipment Identification Code Master Index, NAMSO 4790.E2579, lists EIC numbers in numerical sequence and identifies the equipment nonmenclature assigned to each EIC number?


The Maintenance Data System (MDS) and its many components are an extremely important tool in tracking your equipment's performance. The accurate and timely reporting of deferred maintenance or configuration changes will result in better parts support and equipment readiness. The Planned Maintenance System (PMS) works with the MDS to ensure that your equipment is fully operational. The MDS forms are processed and maintenance actions tracked through the Ship's Non-tactical Automated Data Processing program (SNAP). This computer-based system enables ship's personnel to order parts or fill out MDS forms on a computer screen. Check with your command to find out what version you are using and where you can get training for SNAP.

Your ship's technical library is an important resource for you as an FC. Many technical publica­tions are no longer distributed in a printed format but are distributed on compact disks. Check with your supply department and chain of command to find out how to order these publications, whether in a paper or compact disk format.

One of the more important resources to become familiar with as an FC is the Combat System Operational Sequencing System (CSOSS). Each class of ship has its own collection of manuals specifically configured to the CSOSS. You need to become familiar with your command's CSOSS publications and the training offered for your CSOSS program.

The Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS) is still an excellent resource for reviewing your basic electronics. It is being updated to

a compact disk format and is also available on an Internet web site. There are many other good technical resources for FC's that are not mentioned here. Make it a habit to look for other resources that can help you perform your job better.


Al. An addition, deletion, modification, or relocation of any piece of installed equipment aboard a ,ship."

A2.     The 3-M manual (OPNAVINST 4790.4 series).

A3.     The Ship's Maintenance Action Form (OPNAV 4790/2K).

A4.     "Who (rate)" should do "what," "when," "how," and "with what resources" for the maintenance requirement.

A5. A publication, unique to each ship, that lists technical manuals, operating instruction charts, performance standards sheets, maintenance standards books, and technical manual changes for operating and maintaining onboard systems and equipment under the technical cognizance of the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (COMNAVSEASYSCOM).


A7.     Section L


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