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general quarters

A condition of readiness when naval action is imminent. All battle stations are fully manned and alert; ammunition is ready for instant loading; guns and guided missile launchers may be loaded.
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They tried to enter the resting place of the NPA troops but the people in the area immediately warned the rebels of the impending attack, giving them ample time to prepare for battle,' Jacinto said.
It's now time for the penultimate qualifying round as the teams and their machines prepare for battle.
The message from organisers to those 400 supporters was: "Go back to your constituencies and prepare for battle.
The Spotland club will visit The Shay on Saturday, July 13, for a 3pm kick-off as Neil Aspin's side prepare for battle in the Blue Square Conference Premier following their play-off promotion.
Tomi Jones (left) and Matthew Edwards prepare for battle in the carcass hall at Llanelwedd Picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
Liada is saved from drowning by Obolus, one of the elephants 17-year-old Hannibal is training to prepare for battle in Iberia.
GLOUCESTER boss Dean Ryan has warned Saracens are a team "capable of generating some big results" as the Guinness Premiership rivals prepare for battle at Kingsholm today.
FIND out how to prepare for battle and indulge in a spot of sword-fighting as Kenilworth Castle hosts a daily Knight's School next week.
Visitors can see pike and musket drills and artillery demonstrations as the militia prepare for battle.
It comes as the two parties prepare for battle in the May local elections, the first since the Lib Dems seized power from Labour in Newcastle in 2004.
It is believed to be unprecedented for secret service officers to rebel over doing work to help our troops prepare for battle.