general quarters

noun Military.
a condition of readiness for combat on a warship, during which crew members remain at their battle stations and have guns and ammunition ready for immediate loading.
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All the ships set general quarters and all activated their radars.
He barely has reached for the syrup when the clanging of the summons to general
  quarters reverberates throughout the ship.
Or if they go to general quarters, then you'll be at general quarters until
  they relieve you.
Another blast shook the ship, followed seconds later by the general quarters
  alarm.
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