Damage control

In maritime context, emergency control of situations which may cause the sinking of a ship
A United States Navy damage controlman practices pipe-patching techniques

In navies and the maritime industry, damage control is the emergency control of situations that may cause the sinking of a watercraft.

More complicated measures may be needed if a repair must take the pressure of the ship moving through the water. For example:

Damage control training is undertaken by most seafarers, but the engineering staff are most experienced in making lasting repairs.

Damage control is distinct from firefighting. Damage control methods of fighting fire are based on the class of ship and cater to ship specific equipment on board.