Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy

Jackspeak: Certain words or terminology that are commonly used in the Canadian Navy.

The Canadian Navy has it's own terminology and slang that is still evolving to this day. Much of the language used is still derived from the Royal Navy, although as Canadians many local customs and slang have come about.

This list was compiled over the years and was finally published in 2014 as "Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy (2015 edition)" In 2018, a completely revised 2nd edition will be released. The 2018 edition features expanded and revised definitions, many more example sentences, and over 400 new terms.

Index: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

"0-9" Terms

1910
The year that the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was founded.
20 Feet of Shoreline
A non-existent substance, usually something that a new person is asked to fetch as a joke in which everyone else in the crew is aware of, but not the victim. Also see "Relative Bearing Grease" and "Bucket of Prop Wash".
20,000 Parts Flying in Formation
A clever way to describe a Sea King helicopter.
2182 kHz
The international calling and distress frequency for maritime radio voice communication on the marine band.
280 Lady
Someone who's done all their sailing in the modern day Tribal class. Named for the commonality in the pendant numbers of the ships: 280, 281, 282 and 28
3.
2IC
Second-in-Command.
6 D's
Term used by submariners to refer to themselves. Stands for: Deep diving, death defying, denizens of the deep.

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