MM3686, Lesson 1
PRELOADING AND LOADING INSPECTIONS
This lesson is based on the following task from STP 9-55X34-SM-TG: 093-404-3126, Inspect
Munitions Stowed on Vessels.
When you have completed this lesson, you should be able to describe the procedures an
ammunition inspector follows for inspecting munitions to be loaded on a vessel. You should
also be able to describe how to monitor the safe handling and stowing of the ammunition and
explosives. Finally, you should be able to complete correctly DA Form 361 and DA Form
You will have this subcourse book and will work without supervision.
You must score at least 75 on the end-of-subcourse examination that covers this lesson and
Lesson 2 (answer 12 of the 15 questions correctly).
An ammunition inspector in a surveillance section at a port facility may have to inspect the munitions cargo
and the preloading and loading safety procedures of a vessel. This lesson covers cargo and safety inspections and
the sources of information needed to conduct these inspections. The lesson also covers the forms that the
inspector must fill out to identify defective ammunition and incorrect ammunition shipments.
Port Facility Planners
Before the cargo or vessel arrives at a port facility, port personnel have planned everything for the loading of
the vessel, including the exact location of the ammunition cargo. This is an important operational step, because
the vessel is loaded from the bottom to the top through cargo-hold hatches (doors). Munitions to be loaded on the
vessel will be called forward, as they are to be loaded, from the ammunition holding area. Munitions cannot be
delayed on the pier, where they would pose an explosive safety hazard. Quantity-distance standards must be
maintained if munitions are on a pier awaiting loading. A cutaway view of the holds of a cargo ship is shown in
Before the actual loading operation begins, the ammunition inspector must study the traffic flow chart of the
port, the ship's manifest, and the vessel's stowage plan to ensure that all of the information required is on hand.
Traffic Flow Chart. The traffic flow chart of a port facility gives an overall view of the operation being
conducted. See the traffic flow chart in Figure 1-2.