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Z-Gram #118; dated 28 June 1973

Sea/Shore Rotation

R 282048Z JUN 73
FM CNO (Z-118)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS//N01300//
SEA/SHORE ROTATION

A. NAVOP Z-75
B. NAVOP Z-11

1. A SUBSTANTIAL STEP WAS TAKEN TOWARD REDUCED SEA TOURS WHEN THE SIX YEAR SEA TOUR WAS ESTABLISHED BY REFERENCE (A). THE STATED GOAL OF PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY FOR SEA/SHORE ROTATION ON THE BASIS OF THREE YEAR SEA/THREE YEAR SHORE TOURS IS REAFFIRMED. UPON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SIX YEAR SEA TOUR, WE ESTABLISHED OUR NEXT INTERIM GOAL OF A FIVE YEAR SEA TOUR. BY SETTING THE HARD FIVE YEAR MAXIMUM SEA TOUR TARGET, SPECIAL ATTENTION WAS BROUGHT TO BEAR ON THOSE WITH THE LONGER SEA TOURS. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OUR CAMPAIGN FOR NEW SHORE BILLETS. THIS FACT COUPLED WITH DECREASING TEMPO OF OPERATIONS, ANTICIPATED AVAILABILITY OF PERSONNEL FROM DEACTIVATING UNITS AND BETTER PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT THROUGH CENTRALIZED DETAILING ALLOWS US NOW TO PROCEED WITH IMPLEMENTING A MAXIMUM FIVE YEAR SEA TOUR. THIS POLICY DECISION WILL SHORTEN SEA DUTY TOURS FOR ABOUT 6, 500 PEOPLE.

2. IN ORDER TO PHASE DOWN FROM A 6 YEAR MAXIMUM TOUR LENGTH FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS IN AN ORDERLY MANNER, THOSE ALREADY ON SEA TOURS IN EXCESS OF 5 YEARS WILL BE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE ORDERS ASHORE. WE WILL BEGIN TO REPHASE NOW ON THE BASIS OF A FIVE YEAR MAXIMUM SEA TOUR LENGTH WITH FULL IMPLEMENTATION ANTICIPATED BY 1 JULY 1974. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR IMPROVEMENT IN ROTATION OPPORTUNITY FOR NUCLEAR TRAINED PERSONNEL WERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL TO BE IMPLEMENTED OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS ON A PHASED BASIS. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY ARE THOSE SERVING ON OVERSEAS TOURED DUTY WHOSE PRDS EXCEED THEIR PUBLISHED SEA TOUR AND THOSE DESIRING TO REMAIN ON SEA DUTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE (B).

3. COMMANDS WILL GIVE THE CONTENTS OF THIS Z-NAVOP WIDE AND IMMEDIATE DISSEMINATION. E.R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.

BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
PRD: projected rotation date

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Published: Mon Oct 31 07:05:12 EDT 2016