Sailor Speak of the Week – Nonskid



  • An epoxy compound applied to the surface of a deck to increase traction.


Unknown. Modern times.


Usually applied to the weather decks and flight deck of a vessel. It will eventually wear off and need to be reapplied. On aircraft carriers, the flight deck gradually becomes more and more slippery due to the accumulation of grease and oil, not to mention the nonskid wearing off. This makes for some “fun” landings.

For laughs, send the new guys on a snipe hunt for some nonskid wax.


Crowell, J. (2003, October 31). Naval Terminology, Jargon and Slang FAQ Part 2 – N through Z. Retrieved from

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