Navy war ships fight battles; they attack the enemy and defend against enemy attacks. When they can do neither effectively, they retreat. During a battle, they constantly resort to damage control so they may continue to fight. Even when a ship is unable to attack any longer, damage control helps keep a ship afloat until the enemy is out of ammo or assistance arrives. Every sailor knows and practices the principles of damage control, so, when damage control is needed, they will be prepared.
When you attacked and cannot fight, effectively resist, or escape, you must resort to damage control, where you protect your vital areas and pray that your attacker will stop the attack or help will arrive. If you are knocked unconscious, you have no control over how and where you are being hit. Damage control means staying conscious and aware of where your attackers are and what they are about to do to you. You try to prevent being hit in vital areas and to control where you are being hit so you do not receive injuries that may cause long-term, permanent disabilities or even death.
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