Imperial Méxica Navy
Mekishikono Teikoku Kaigun
The fire-snake symbol of the Navy is worn on uniforms as a collar tab:
- In gold for a captain.
- In copper for a midshipman.
IMN equipment uses a gold-gray-olive color scheme.
Training exercises include:
|Rengo Kantai||Combined Fleet|
|Tai||Division composed of two to four Kantai|
|Keibi Kantai||Patrol Fleet|
|Kantai||Fleet or flotilla|
|Sentai||Battlegroup/Squadron: four battleships or cruisers with a number of attached Suirai Sentai|
|Suirai Sentai|| A light cruiser and four Kuchikutai|
Historically a torpedo squadron
|Uji Sentai||Clan Squadron|
|Buntai||Detached unit such as a patrol cruiser|
- The Seeking Eye - Fleet Intelligence
- Imperial Scout Service
- Engineering Board
|Shuryokukan Tai||Main Fleet|
|Eda Tai||Detached Duty|
|Teikoku Kaigun Rikusentai||Imperial Marines|
Detached Duty Roles
|Teisatsu||Reconnaissance - long-distance search|
|Shōkai||Patrolling - defensive scouting|
|Sōsaku||Searching - either activity|
- Capital ships – dreadnaughts, heavy carriers and battleships – tend to have Méxica names, usually of gods, monsters or famous generals from the Conquest.
- Mid-range ships – strike and escort carriers, and heavy cruisers – usually have Nisei, Mixtec or Skawtish names. Very recently, some Provincial-class battlecruisers have come into service bearing city names.
- Smaller ships – light cruisers, destroyers, transports and fleet tenders come in a wide variety of classes and naming schemes, usually assigned as a sop to some organization or group outside of the Four Hundred Houses.
Aboard ship there is a strict division between Fleet starman and Imperial Marine. Marines do not mix with Fleet and vice-versa. Crew quarters are traditionally separated and meals are taken in alternating shifts. Ground-side or on stations, the respective contingents take pains to avoid each other in recreational areas.
In Fleet Academy there is an old ‘service legend’; the master gunnery sergeant and the master chief petty officer of each ship keep a logbook of stations, ports of call, and planetary facilities. In this legendary “black book” are listed all of the bordellos, pubs, stimshops, cheap restaurants, and resorts in each locale. By some means - tossing a knife, casting patolli beans, taking a tlachco shot - these venues are divided between Fleet and Marine on a ship by ship basis. Should an unwary crewman wander into a den of his own Marines, he will be politely shown the door. If a crewman from another ship entered, however, then all bets are off.
The tradition of the Huitzitzilnahualli is used to repair men’s apprehension – their fear of ill-luck when a part of a ship has been tainted by calamity or touched by evil.
The huitzil goes into these places, to take upon himself the burden of this ill-luck, these curses, this dreadful karma and by this sacrifice to ease the minds of crewmen so that there is no subconscious avoidance of a place or thing.
Named classes of IMN ships include:
|Gunkan||Warships||Battleships, cruisers and carriers|
|Kantei||Combat vessels||Light cruisers, destroyers and frigates|
|Sekkou Kantei||Scout vessels|
|Tokusetsu Kantei||Auxiliary ships||Supply and special ships|
|Chou Dokyuu Senkan||Super Dreadnaught|
Ranks of the Fleet
|Nisei Term||Fleet Rank|
|Chu-i||Lieutenant junior Grade|
|Sho-i||Ensign or Sub-Lieutenant|
|Joto-Heiso||Chief Petty Officer (Chief Boatswain)|
|Itto-Heiso||1st Petty Officer (Chief Boatswain's mate)|
|Nitto-Heiso||2nd Petty Officer (Boatswain's mate)|
|Santo-Heiso||3rd Petty Officer|
|Kashikan Hei||Enlisted Ranks|
|Santo-Seihei||3rd Starman (Recruit)|
- The term Sei star can be eliminated from the rank.
- Thai-sa is sometimes pronounced Dai-sa.
|Kaigun Kyo||Lord of the Navy|
|Kaigun Dayu||Vice-Lord of the Navy|
|Kaigun Shoyu||Deputy Vice-Lord of the Navy|
|Dai-Gensui||Admiral of the Navy+|
|Gensui||Admiral of the Fleet|
|Shirei Chokan||Commander in Chief|
| Kaigun Gunrei Bucho|
|Chief, Naval General Staff|
|Kaigun Sanbo Bucho||Chief, Naval Staffs|
|Jiju Bukan||Aide-de-camp to the Emperor|
|Togu Bukan||Aide-de-camp to the Crown Prince|
|Otsuki Bukan|| Aide-de-camp to a Prince or|
the Admiral of the Fleet
|Taishikan tsuki Bukan||Naval Attaché|
|Taishikan tsuki Bukan Hosakan||Assistant Naval Attaché|
+ Accorded only to the Tenno no Nihon.
Officer Titles Aboard Ship
|Kuchikukancho||Commanding Officer of a destroyer|
|Tokumukancho||Commanding Officer of an auxiliary|
|Kokai-cho||Chief Navigator Officer|
|Unyo-cho||Chief Operations Officer|
|Hojutsu-cho||Chief Weapons Officer|
|Tsushin-cho||Chief Communication Officer|
|Gun-i-cho||Senior Medical Officer|
|Hokyu-cho||Chief Supply Officer|
Each branch is under the authority of a Kaigun Kyo.
The Service Branch is used to prefix the full rank. Thus an Engineering Lieutenant is a Kikan Thai-i and a Constructor Lieutenant Commander is a Zosen Sho-sa.