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Z-Gram #83; dated 17 May 1971

(Motor Vehicle Transportation for Forces Afloat)

R 171554Z MAY 71
FM CNO (Z-83)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N04640//
MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION FOR FORCES AFLOAT

1. IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION AT A NUMBER OF BASES FALLS CONSIDERABLY SHORT OF FORCES AFLOAT REQUIREMENTS.

2. ACCORDINGLY, I HAVE THIS DATE DIRECTED THAT PILOT PROGRAMS BE SET UP AT NAVAL STATIONS SAN DIEGO AND NORFOLK TO DETERMINE, BY A THREE MONTHS TRIAL PROGRAM, THE RESOURCES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AND OPERATE ON-BASE TAXI AND BUS SYSTEMS FLEETWIDE TO MEET THE OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL REQUIREMENTS PRIMARILY OF FLEET PERSONNEL. QUASI-OFFICIAL BUSINESS BY TAXI WILL INCLUDE TRIPS BY INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS TO AND FROM DISPENSARY, DENTAL CLINIC, LEGAL OFFICE, CHAPLAINS OFFICE, HOUSEHOLD GOODS OFFICE, ETC. GENERALLY, TRIPS TO RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, NAVY EXCHANGE AND PERIMETER GATES WOULD BE BY BUS.

3. IN EVALUATING THE NECESSITY AND DESIRABILITY OF THE ABOVE ACTION IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THERE ARE OTHER MEASURES WHICH CAN BE TAKEN NOW AND PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF THE ABOVE PILOT PROGRAM, SUBSTANTIALLY WITHIN EXISTING RESOURCES, TO IMPROVE THE MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION SITUATION FOR AFLOAT UNITS. THESE MEASURES WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH AND SHOULD BE UTILIZED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BASE TAXI AND BUS SYSTEMS THAT MAY BE PLACE IN OPERATION IN THE FUTURE. THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS THEREFORE, ARE PRESCRIBED FOR IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION:

A. FOR SHORE ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING AFLOAT UNITS:

(1) MAINTAIN CLOSE COORDINATION WITH SOPA AND INPORT FLEET UNITS TO INSURE THAT FLEET UNIT VEHICLE NEEDS ARE FULFILLED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE WITHIN AVAILABLE ASSETS ON A FULLY EQUITABLE BASIS WITH SHORE ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS AT SHORE ACTIVITIES WHERE GOVERNMENT OWNED VEHICLES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS TO PROVIDE THE SELF-DRIVEN AND OTHER VEHICLE SUPPORT TO FULFILL NORMAL AND REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FLEET UNIT. RENTAL FROM COMMERCIAL SOURCES MAY BE ACCOMPLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING DIRECTIVES UTILIZING SHORE ACTIVITY FUNDS AS CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE.

B. FOR AFLOAT UNITS:

(1) UNIT VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE COORDINATED BY ONE OFFICE/INDIVIDUAL, AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF SHIP ETA, IF FEASIBLE. THE SHORE ACTIVITY SHOULD BE APPRISED OF THE IMMEDIATE SELF DRIVEN VEHICLE SUPPORT REQUIRED BY THE SHIP UPON ARRIVAL. DURING THE INPORT PERIOD THE AFLOAT TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR SHOULD MONITOR THE VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS OF HIS UNIT, ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES AND COORDINATING REQUIREMENTS TO INSURE OPTIMUM UTILIZATION OF EACH VEHICLE ASSIGNED.

(2) FOR UNOFFICIAL USE, WHERE EXISTING VEHICLES DO NOT MEET THE DEMAND, AFLOAT UNITS MAY PROCURE ADDITIONAL VEHICLES UTILIZING NON-APPROPRIATED FUNDS WITHIN EXISTING REGULATIONS REGARDING THE USE OF SUCH FUNDS. PROCUREMENT MAY BE BY PURCHASE OR BY LEASE/RENTAL AS APPROPRIATE. IN THIS CONNECTION, AS ONE SOURCE TO BE CONSIDERED, DISPOSAL OFFICERS ASHORE SHOULD BE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON SURPLUS VEHICLES SCHEDULED FOR DISPOSAL, BUT WHICH ARE IN RELATIVELY GOOD CONDITION.

4. THE SOPA AT EACH LOCATION SHALL MONITOR OVERALL AFLOAT TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS AND AVAILABILITY TO INSURE THAT THE POLICIES OUTLINED ABOVE ARE BEING CARRIED OUT TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE.

5. WITH THE REQUISITE COOPERATION BETWEEN ASHORE AND AFLOAT COMMANDS IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE, IMMEDIATELY AND SIGNIFICANTLY, THE TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT FOR FORCES AFLOAT, UPON COMPLETION OF THE EVALUATION OF THE PILOT PROGRAMS AT NAVSTAS SAN DIEGO AND NORFOLK. FURTHER ACTION WILL BE DIRECTED. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
NAVSTAS: naval stations
SOPA: senior officer present afloat

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Published:Fri Oct 14 06:38:18 EDT 2016