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Z-Gram #106; dated 2 March 1972

Quarterdeck Watch Officers

R 0022147Z MAR 72
FM CNO (Z-106)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS//N01601//
QUARTERDECK WATCH OFFICERS

A. CNO 131824Z OCT 70 (NAVOP Z-44)
B. CNO 161338Z SEP 70 (NAVOP Z-25)
C. CNO 031806Z FEB 71 (NAVOP Z-72)

1. I HAVE RECEIVED WORD FROM A NUMBER OF RETENTION STUDY GROUPS THAT MY INTENT IN PROMULGATING Z-44 RELATING TO STANDING QUARTERDECK WATCHES IS BEING MISINTERPRETED.  ACCORDINGLY, I AM CANCELLING Z-GRAM 44.

2. I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY IN THE NAVY THAN TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF ONES SHIP AND SHIPMATES, THE MISSION OF THE OFFICER OF THE DECK UNDERWAY AND THE QUARTERDECK WATCH OFFICER INPORT. EVEN THOUGH THE WATCHES ARE FREQUENTLY DIFFICULT AND TIRING, I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A DEEP SENSE OF SATISFACTION IN PERFORMING THIS DEMANDING AND NECESSARY DUTY.

3. AS TO WHO SHOULD STAND THIS WATCH, I WISH TO REAFFIRM THAT WITHIN THE GUIDANCE FURNISHED BY FLEET/FORCE COMMANDERS THIS DETERMINATION IS ONE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL COMMANDING OFFICER TO MAKE BASED ON HIS BEST JUDGMENT, CONSIDERING ALL THE FACTORS WHICH AFFECT THE SAFETY OF A SHIP. AMONG THESE FACTORS ARE THE SHIP’S LOCATION, OPERATIONAL STATUS, WEATHER, AND STATE OF INTERNATIONAL TENSION, TO LIST BUT A FEW. I WOULD PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER: I DESIRE TO HAVE AS A GOAL A SIX SECTION INPORT WATCH ROTATION. I FURTHER WISH THAT ALL OF OUR OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS, AND PETTY OFFICERS WHO ARE CONSIDERED TO BE QUALIFIED TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR SHIPMATES AND SHIP, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE THEIR JUDGMENT AND LEADERSHIP IN THIS MANNER. I DO NOT THINK IT ESSENTIAL OR NECESSARILY DESIRABLE FOR ALL QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO BE ASSIGNED TO A WATCH. THIS, TOO, IS A DECISION FOR THE COMMANDING OFFICER, WHO MUST CONSIDER OTHER DUTY REQUIREMENTS FACING HIS OFFICERS AND CREW.

4. REFERENCE (A) (Z-44) IS HEREBY CANCELLED. REFERENCE (B) (Z-25) AND REFERENCE (C) (Z-72) ARE REAFFIRMED. E. R. ZUMWALT, ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.

BT

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Published: Wed Oct 26 06:45:39 EDT 2016