Gunnery Officer



Information Sheet Number: 1.3


This lesson gives a brief description of the publications commonly used by Gunnery Officers. This is by no means an inclusive listing, however, the association between subject matter and publication title will guide a Gunnery Officer through most challenges. Most of these publications are part of the Combat Systems library.


(a) NWP 1 - 01

(b) NWP 10-1-10

(c) FXP - 2

(d) FXP - 3

(e) OPNAVINST 5605.19(Series)

(f) OP 4

(g) OP 1014

(h) OP 3347

(i) SW300-BC-SAF-010

(j) SW323-AF-ORD-010

(k) SW323-AA-RSB-010

(l) SW225-AB-MMO-010

(m) TW024-AA-ORD-010

(n) OP 2165 VOLUME 2

(o) SW300-BB-GTP-010

(p) OD 3000

(q) ORDALT 00

(r) FXP - 5

(s) CNSL/CNSPINST 3502.2(Series) Surface Force Training Manual

(t) NAVSEAINST 4160.3

(u) OP 2238



1. Tactical warfare publications are a system of instructional and communications publications.

a. They require controlled distribution to units.

b. They are maintained by a publications librarian aboard ship.

c. Every time physical custody is transferred, written documentation is required.

d. Some examples are:

(1) Allied Tactical Publications (ATP)

(2) Fleet Exercise Publications (FXP)

2. Naval Warfare Publications Guide (NWP 1-01)

a. Contains procedures for reviewing, updating, distributing and handling NWP's and documents.

b. Provides instructions for maintaining an NWP library onboard.

c. Includes a complete list of NWP's and brief summaries of each.

3. NWP 10-1-10 Operational Reports

a. Broken down into two parts:

(1) Part one summarizes operational reports discussed in or necessitated by naval warfare publications and Department of the Navy directives. The following are examples:

(a) Deck log

(b) Casualty Reports (CASREP)

(c) Mine warfare and explosive ordnance reports

(d) General reports

(e) Task Force reports

(f) Search and Rescue reports

(g) General reports required by other commanders

(h) The Operational Employment Schedule Reporting System

(2) Part II describes the Movement Report (MOVEREP) system which provides location information of U.S. Navy forces. Movement Report instructions provide:

(a) The Movement Report system

(b) Functions of Movement Report

(c) Ship's responsibilities for Movement Reports

(d) Ship's responsibilities for Submarine Notice

(e) Preparation of forms and reports

(f) The Merchant/Fishing vessel Movement Reporting System


4. FXP-2 (Air and AAW exercises)

a. Contains training exercises prescribed for aircraft and ships involved in anti-air warfare exercises.

b. Part I provides information regarding the general conduct of exercises.

c. Part II contains information on basic air, air to air, air to ground, electronic warfare and photography/reconnaissance exercises.

d. Part III contains information on anti-aircraft gunnery exercises and surface-to-air missile exercises.

e. Appendix A and B contain information on services, required exercise planning, planning considerations, critiques and reports.


5. FXP-3 (Ship Exercises)

a. Brings together in one publication the training exercises (with the exception of AW and USW) prescribed for surface ships of all types.

b. It is considered the standard publication in the FXP series.

c. Chapter 1 deals with the general conduct of exercises including:

(1) Policies

(2) Safety

(3) Exercise training and readiness.

(4) Umpiring

d. Chapter 2 deals with information specifically on gunnery exercises including:

(1) Conduct of exercises

(2) Surface gunnery

(3) General gunnery safety precautions with specific information on check sight observers and check sight conditions

(4) Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS)

(5) Determining miss distance for scoring

e. Appendix A and B contain exercise planning and firing evaluation weight table performance, procedures, and preparation.



6. OPNAVINST 5605.19(Series) U.S. Navy Distribution Procedures for COMTAC and Joint Doctrine Publications

a. A list of publication designations and nomenclature.

b. It is tailored to meet an individual commands publications requirements.


1. NAVSEA ordnance publication subject matter falls into the following categories:

a. Ballistics

b. Guns

c. Fire control equipment

d. Ammunition

e. Ordnance safety

2. Various activities within NAVSEA are responsible for assigned subject matter according to their specialty such as:

a. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren VA.

b. Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville KY.

c. Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle NJ.


3. NAVSEA Ordnance Publications fall into two categories:

a. Ordnance Pamphlets (OP's)

(1) The principle source for technical, operational and maintenance information.

b. Ordnance Data sheets (OD's)

(1) OD's are the principle source for very specific data related to items such as:

(a) Alignment

(b) Tests

(c) Inspections

(d) Installation data

4. Technical Manual Identification Numbering System (TMINS)

a. Applies to all technical manuals published by NAVSEA, NAVAIR, NISE, and naval facilities engineering commands.

b. Establishes a standard uniform system for assigning a unique and significant identification number.

c. Prevents duplication of publications.

d. Intended to eliminate varied numbering systems presently in effect.

e. Numbers will appear on technical manuals as they are revised and reissued.


5. NAVSEA OP 4 Ammunition Afloat

a. Produced by Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey.

b. Intended to provide guidance to all personnel concerned with ammunition operations afloat.

c. Also provides a source for an aggressive accident prevention program for ammunition handling.

d. Prescribes the minimum requirements and regulations for the issue, receipt, handling, stowage, surveillance, maintenance and return of non-nuclear ammunition.

e. Details preparation of associated reports by units afloat.

f. Safety precautions and procedures specified in OP-4 take precedence over the manual for the specific weapon involved. However, all conflicts shall be reported without delay to NAVSEA for resolution.

g. Most often used for information on compatible stowage of ammunition.

h. The Gunnery Officers "Bible".


6. OP 1014 Ordnance Safety Precautions Their Origin and Necessity

a. Produced by the Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, NJ.

b. Intended for use by naval personnel at all levels.

c. Contains information based on past experience and the need for the observance of safety precautions.

d. Describes events which will result from the failure to observe existing safety precautions as well as those which demonstrate the need for new or revised rules to enhance safety.

e. Presents true case histories of actual catastrophes, casualties, and incidents taken from the files of the Navy Safety Center.

f. Illustrations contained in this pub are, in the majority of cases, actual photographs taken during or subsequent to the incident.

g. A valuable tool for basic safety instruction at all stages of training, both ashore and afloat.

7. OP 3347 Navy Ordnance Safety Precautions

a. Produced by NAVSEA.

b. Line officers, civil engineers, supply corps officers, enlisted ordnance ratings and strikers involved with ordnance shall be familiar with safety precautions contained in this publication.

c. Sets forth general safety precautions meant to supplement special ordnance material or equipment.

d. Its purpose is to further emphasize ordnance safety precautions and the need for an aggressive accident prevention program throughout all commands where ordnance equipment, ammunition and explosives are used or stored.

e. Provides illustrations of actual accidents which have occurred.

8. SW300-BC-SAF-010 Clearing of Live Ammunition From Guns

a. Produced by Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville KY.

b. Intended for use by all personnel concerned with the clearing of live ammunition from guns.

c. Provides procedures and precautions to be followed in the clearing of live ammunition from automatic weapons and naval guns.

d. Applies to automatic weapons 7.62mm through 40mm and naval guns 3 inch and larger. Gun systems installed in aircraft are not included in this publication.

e. SW300-BC-SAF-010 is useless if it is read for the first time after a misfire occurs. Gunnery personnel shall be thoroughly familiar with its contents before the chance of encountering a misfire situation occurs.

f. The misfire procedures and precautions contained in this pub supersede all procedures and precautions contained in other OP's concerned with operations, maintenance, etc. of specific guns or gun systems.

9. OP 2238 Identification of Ammunition

a. Produced by Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey.

b. Intended to include all ammunition components, and their containers.

c. Intended to serve as a guide for the identification of navy munitions, their components and containers.

d. To aid identification, this pub details size, location and important information found on ammunition items.

10. SW-323-AF-ORD-010 Range Tables 5"/54 Caliber

a. Produced by the NSWC, Dahlgren, VA.

b. Intended for use against surface targets by ships equipped with 5"/54 gun mounts firing a full service powder charge.

c. Used when computing Initial Ballistic Correction (IBC), deriving ballistic wind density data, and during gunfire analysis.

11. SW323-AA-RSB-010 Range Tables 5"/54 Caliber.

a. Produced by NSWC, Dahlgren, VA.

b. Intended for use against surface targets by ships equipped with 5"/54 gun mounts firing with reduced charges.

c. Used when computing Initial Ballistic Correction (IBC), deriving ballistic wind density data, and during gunfire analysis.

12. SW225-AB-MMO-010 Ballistic Wind and Density for Naval Gunfire

a. Produced by U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren VA.

b. Intended for use by supervisory personnel, training schools, and shipboard fire control personnel with minimal training in meteorology.

c. Written to provide a simple, ready source of ballistic wind and density information.

d. The main scope covers the need for and the nature of ballistic corrections for wind air density.

13. SW300-BB-GTP-010 Serviceability of Naval Gun Barrels

a. Produced by NSWC Port Hueneme, CA.

b. Provides a comprehensive source of information concerning the design, operation, inspection, calibration, maintenance, and service life expectancy of naval gun barrels.

c. Used as a reference for operational and type commanders as a basis for evaluation and condemnation of fleet gun barrels in combat areas.

d. Discusses the effects of fatigue, erosion and the lack of proper maintenance on the service life of gun barrels. Establishes tolerances used to determine if a barrel should be removed from use.

14. OD 3000 Lubrication of Ordnance Equipment

a. Produced by Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey.

b. Serves as a general reference and guide for the description, selection and application of lubricants.

c. OD 3000 covers:

(1) Lubricants (oil, grease, etc.)

(2) Hydraulic fluids

(3) Cleaners

(4) Coolants

(5) Materials used for normal operating conditions

d. Also gives information on:

(1) Lubrication equipment

(2) Hydraulic systems

(3) Recoil/counter-recoil systems

(4) Buffers

(5) Damping devices

e. Provides a listing of alternate and emergency substitutes for various materials.

15. Ordnance Alteration 00 (Ordalt)

a. Produced by Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville KY.

b. Provides a list of all alterations to ordnance equipment.

c. Arranged in numerical sequence and broken down into columns containing the following information:

(1) Assigned an ORDALT number

(2) Revision (current)

(3) Change (latest change number)

(4) Set (identifier which indicates more than one set to an ORDALT kit)

(5) Type (the specific record type)

(6) Brief description of the ORDALT

e. Issued annually with changes being issued semi-annually

16. Publications Allowance List (PAL)

a. Produced by NSWC, Port Hueneme, Ca.

b. Intended for use by all active ships, technical libraries, and training activities.

c. The PAL is tailored to an individual command, which consists of a four part listing of technical manuals required to support the operation and maintenance of onboard systems.

(1) Volume 1 lists general publications that do not relate to any particular installed equipment; they are required to be carried onboard.

(2) Volume 2 contains publication data supporting electronic equipment and electronic test equipment.

(3) Volume 3 contains lists of hull, mechanical, and electrical technical manuals based on configuration data maintained by NSWC PHD.

(4) Volume 4 contains publication data supporting the ordnance systems and equipment.

d. There is also an addendum which reflects the status of all advance change notices issued for each publication listed in the PAL.

17. NAVSEAINST 4160.3 Technical Manual Management Program (TMMP)

a. Produced by NAVSEA.

b. Developed to ensure adequate technical information.

c. Its purpose is to assist technical manual users and to provide the following information:

(1) How to identify what technical manual to use.

(2) How to request technical manuals.

(3) How technical manual deficiencies are reported.

(4) How technical manual reports are processed.

(5) How to maintain technical manuals and determine whether they are current.

(6) What must be done upon receipt of technical manuals.


1. COMNAVSURFLANT/PACINST 3502.3 Surface Force Training Manual Bulletins

a. Purpose: To provide instructions for training and qualifications of ships in NGFS.

b. Contents:

(1) NGFS qualification requirements.

(2) Training requirements and course availability.

(3) Proficiency training and drills to assist in readiness.

(4) Shipboard procedures which contain scripts for each system in the conduct of various NGFS evolutions.

(5) Exercise modification for specified NGFS exercises.

2. COMNAVSURFLANT/PACINST 3502.2B Surface Force Training Manual

a. Applicable to all ships and units.

b. Establishes policy and provides guidance for the conduct of training.

c. The objective of the Surface Force Training Manual is to promote the attainment and maintenance of the highest state of combat readiness.


a. The goal of these manuals is readiness through maintenance.

b. Contents:

(1) Maintenance policy and organization

(2) Levels of maintenance

(3) Casualty reporting

(4) Overhauls

(5) Availabilities

(6) Inspections

(7) Safety

(8) 3M systems

(9) Chapter 8000 deals with Combat Systems Department areas such as:

(a) Magazine sprinkler system inspections

(b) Gun wear status reports

(c) Major weapons systems trials

(d) ORDALT installation

(e) Identification of ammunition stowage spaces


1. Range Users Manual

a. Provides up to date range information and operating services for weapons ranges frequently used by the Navy.

b. Contents:

(1) Target services available and descriptions of the targets.

(2) Procedures for conducting air, surface, and NGFS exercises.

(3) Procedures for requesting ranges and target services.

(4) Specific information about NGFS ranges is also included in the Surface Force Training Manual Bulletins.

2. Principles of Naval Ordnance and Gunnery (NAVEDTRA 12970)

a. A convenient general reference for ordnance and gunnery.

b. Concentrates on elementary functional operation rather than a detailed technical description.

c. Highly recommended for basic understanding and introduction to gunnery.





























































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