U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

General Quarters

The highest condition of alert on board ship, it pulls the crew from their normal work assignments to a warfighting stance. (background) In wooden ships with rigging, a portion of the Marine Detachment would report to the rigging as sharpshooters while others would report to a gun crew. In the modern Navy, the Marines usually manner one or more guns (which were usually painted with an eagle globe and anchor and generally were know to have the highest accuracy of all gun crews). Since 1998, there have been no Marines assigned as part of the ship”s crew of any U. S. Navy ship.

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