Secure what exactly from general quarters?

English Language Learners Asked by Keith Cole on July 30, 2020

In Greyhound (2020), from Fletcher-class destroyer, Commander Ernest commands Taker
& Helmsman to destroy German U-boat, which was following 37 Allied ships,
which are making its way to Liverpool. They successfully destroyed it:

Commander Ernest: Secure from general quarters. Take us to Condition 3
and arrange for hot food if at all possible.

Taker: Aye, aye, sir

Secure what exactly from general quarters?

One Answer

Secure has the following meaning (from Meriam-Webster)

4: to release (naval personnel) from work or duty

And the 'general quaters' means (from Wikipedia):

an announcement made aboard a naval warship to signal that all hands aboard a ship must go to battle stations as quickly as possible.

Combining two meanings, we have 'release (naval personnel) from the work in battle stations' for the meaning of the phrase 'Secure from general quarters'.

Correct answer by kevin012 on July 30, 2020

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