Mast(naval)

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Naval Mast

see also mast (disambigous)

A mast is a hearing with a naval vessels commanding officer. In tradition, a captain would convene before a vessels main mast, allowing free dialog with the crew (who might otherwise not be in a position to talk to the captain).

Other forms

  • A mast also refers to a form of hearing, held by the commanding officer for the purpose of administrative discipline. These hearings don't hold the power of court-martial or acquittal, though it may result in a recommendation to court-martial. This may be known as a captains mast. Similarly, an open mast invites the attendance of other serviceman, and may be held during boot camp for educational purposes.
  • Masting may refer to a form of punishments, were a crew member is tied to the mast and lashed.
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