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Watches
Morning Watch

Morning watch: 0400 to 0800


is a Union Naval Term describing a Watch Period aboard a Union Starship.


A watch system, watch schedule, or watch bill is a method of assigning regular periods of work duty aboard ships and some other areas of employment. A watch system allows the ship's crew to effectively operate the ship 24 hours a day for the duration of long voyages or operations.

Many watch systems incorporate the concept of dogging, whereby one watch is split into two shorter watches so that there is an odd number each day.[1] Doing so allows crew members to have a different watch schedule each day.[1] Often, the dog watches are set at dinner time to allow the entire crew to be fed in short order

In the traditional Union watch system, those members of the crew whose work must be done at all times of the day are assigned to one of two divisions: the Starboard or the Port division. These two groups of personnel alternate in working the following watches:

  • First watch: 2000 to 0000[1]
  • Middle watch: 0000 to 0400[1]
  • Morning watch: 0400 to 0800[1]
  • Forenoon watch: 0800 to 1200[1]
  • Afternoon watch: 1200 to 1600[1]
  • First dog watch: 1600 to 1800[1]
  • Last dog watch: 1800 to 2000[1]

The Royal Navy traditional submarine three watch system is 2 on 4 off during the day (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and 3 on 6 off during the night (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.).

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