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Z-Gram #78; dated 5 March 1971

Inspection Scheduling Policy

R 051648Z MAR 71
FM CNO (Z-78)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N03100//
INSPECTION SCHEDULING POLICY

1. IN ORDER TO INCREASE LEAVE AND LIBERTY OPPORTUNITIES PRIOR TO AND UPON RETURNING FROM REGULAR DEPLOYMENTS, THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES FOR SCHEDULING INSPECTIONS ARE ESTABLISHED:

A. INSPECTIONS WILL NOT NORMALLY BE CONDUCTED ON ANY UNIT DURING THE PERIOD 30 DAYS PRIOR TO AND 45 DAYS FOLLOWING A REGULAR DEPLOYMENT.

B. THIS POLICY DOES NOT APPLY TO:

(1) THOSE INSPECTIONS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE SHIP, AIRCRAFT SQUADRON OR UNIT. THE INTENT IS TO ASSIST HIM, AND TO REDUCE THE EXTERNAL LOAD UPON HIM, NOT INFRINGE ON HIS PREROGATIVES.

(2) SSBNS WHERE THE INTENT OF THIS POLICY IS CARRIED OUT BY THE 30-DAY POST-PATROL STANDDOWN PERIOD.

(3) THOSE INSPECTIONS WHERE MATERIAL CONDITION MUST BE ASSESSED PROMPTLY, SUCH AS POST-DEPLOYMENT AIRCRAFT CORROSION INSPECTIONS.

2. THE GUIDELINES ESTABLISHED HEREIN ARE TO MINIMIZE THE SCHEDULING OF INSPECTIONS DURING 30-DAY PRE-DEPLOYMENT OR 45-DAY POST-DEPLOYMENT PERIODS EXCEPT WHERE ASSESSMENT OF SAFETY, READINESS AND/OR MATERIAL FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED OVERRIDING BY COMPETENT AUTHORITY. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
SSBN: ballistic-missile submarine (nuclear propulsion)

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Published:Tue Oct 11 06:57:21 EDT 2016