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.

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"V" Terms

VAC
Veterans Affairs Canada.
Vampire
NATO codeword for a hostile anti-ship cruise missile.
Vanishing Angle
The maximum degree a ship may heel before it becomes unable to return to an upright position.
VCDS
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.
VDS
Variable depth sonar. A system where a transducer, or fish, is lowered into the water allowing the sonar transmitter to go below temperature layers which might block the sonar wave.
Veer
1. To pay out a line, wire, or cable under power.
2. A change of wind direction in the clockwise direction.
VertRep
VERtical REPlenishment. Bringing stores or personnel aboard the ship by use of a helicopter.
Very Good
Acknowledgement by the Officer of the Watch when an action has been completed by the helmsman.
VHF
Very high frequency. Used for short-range ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore radio transmissions.
Vittler
The storesman who looks after issuing rations to the cooks and takes care of the ordering and storing of food onboard. From the word victual (which is actually pronounced vittle).
VMT
An acronym for "Very many thanks".
Voice pipe
A hollow tube used to convey spoken orders, usually between the conning tower and below-decks control spaces in a warship. Very low-tech communications method, but still used as a fail-safe in times when power has failed.
Voice-pipe sweeper
A very thin person.
Volun-told
A supposedly optional task in which a seaman is detailed off for.

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