In addition to gear for general use, some
specialized portable gear has been developed for
unique handling problems on specific ships or classes
of ships. It is used for both conventional ammunition
and nuclear weapons depending on design and
application. You will need to refer to operating
procedures, handling and stowage manuals, or ship
class drawings for identification and use of this
Equipment that is used frequently for lifting and
transferring weapons from one location to another
includes hoists, elevators, traveling cranes, floating
cranes, forklifts, and hand trucks.
The task of ammunition and explosives handling
is, by nature, hazardous. Accidents occurring during
these operations may kill or injure personnel, destroy
essential supplies, damage valuable equipment and
property, and reduce the speed and efficiency of the
handling operation. Most accidents do not just happen.
They are caused by carelessness or unfamiliarity with
the use and limitations of handling equipment as well
as laxness or failure to observe safety precautions,
orders, and regulations pertaining to the handling and
storage of ammunition and explosives. Accidents
caused by misuse of handling equipment can be
WHEEL LOCK PIN
Figure 5-2.Missile transfer dolly.
BRAKE ASSEMBLY (2)
Figure 5-3.Mk 45 hand lift truck.
MK 45 HANDLIFT TRUCK WITH
MK 26 HANDLIFT TRUCK ADAPTER
Figure 5-4.Handling a canister with Mk 45 hand lift trucks.