GENERAL - NSTM PUBLICATIONS INDEX AND USER GUIDE
SECTION 1. INTRODUCTION
The purpose of the Naval Ships’ Technical Manual (NSTM) , is to provide technical information
to personnel engaged in the supervision, operation, or maintenance of ships of the United States Navy. The vari- ous chapters and volumes of the NSTM contain detailed administrative and technical instructions that amplify U.S. Navy Regulations and other authoritative documents. These instructions are designed to assist afloat person- nel in the satisfactory management of ships and shipboard machinery and equipment in order to achieve opti- mum performance throughout each ship’s life cycle and to ensure readiness for any assigned mission. The NSTM is not intended to be a compendium of design and engineering information, nor an all-encompassing docu-
ment covering all ramifications of shipboard equipment .
When conflict exists between the NSTM and any other related document, such conflict shall be for-
warded by TMDER for resolution (see paragraph 001-2.8). Pending resolution, the document related to a specific
equipment/system normally will take precedence.
This manual is issued under the authority of Article 0105, United States Navy Regulations .
Unique procedures and requirements for ship systems and equipment are contained in technical
manuals for those systems and equipment. A listing of these documents can be found in the ship Index of Tech-
nical Publications, formerly known as the Publication Applicability List.
The NSTM also provides information for industrial activities involved in ship and equipment repair
The chapters, volumes, and sections of this manual contain preventive and corrective maintenance
information of a general nature, but are not intended to take precedence over the Planned Maintenance System
(PMS) procedures that are in effect.