(v) Desertion and Absence without Leave
46. (1) Every person subject to this Ordinance who deserts shall-
(a) if he commits the offence on active service or when under orders for active service, be liable to suffer long imprisonment; and
(b) if he commits the offence under any other circumstances, be liable to suffer short imprisonment.
(2) A person convicted of desertion shall, except so far as the naval tribunal by which he is tried or the Chief of Naval Staff may otherwise direct, forfeit all pay, bounty, salvage and allowances earned by him, all annuities, pensions and gratuities granted to him, and all clothes and effects left by him on board his ship or at his place of duty.
(3) Every person subject to this Ordinance who incites any other person subject to service law to desert, or knowingly harbours any such deserter, shall be liable to suffer short imprisonment.