Jackspeak: Certain words or terminology that is 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.

Please choose a letter from our 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

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 commonailty in the pendant numbers of the ships: 280, 281, 282 and 283.

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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Coming October 2018
Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy 2nd Edition
Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy 2nd Edition