Damage control is a term used in the Merchant Marine, maritime industry and Navy|navies for the emergency control of situations that may hazard the sinking of a ship. It is also used in other contexts as explained below.
* rupture of a pipe or Hull (watercraft)|hull especially below the waterline and
* damage from grounding (running aground) or hard berthing against a wharf.
* temporary fixing of bomb or explosive damage.
The terminology|term is also used in project management and other contexts to describe the actions needed to deal with any problem that may jeopardize an endeavor. As well, it has been adopted for use in politics and media to describe a need to suppress information or employ spin doctors to represent a response to a situation.