US Navy announces phased plan to resume official travel and transfers

15 June 2020 (Last Updated June 15th, 2020 15:49)

The US Navy has set rules for transition to a conditionally-based, phased plan to resume personnel movement and travel. 

US Navy announces phased plan to resume official travel and transfers
The US Navy has laid rules to resume official travel, transfers and lift the travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Griffin Kersting/Released.

The US Navy has set rules for transition to a conditionally-based, phased plan to resume personnel movement and travel.

The plan is based on a memo issued by the Secretary of Defense on 22 May.

It outlines measures to resume official travel, transfers and lift the travel restrictions placed due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The rules also include permission guidelines to allow local commanders to grant personal leave.

The decision to resume unrestricted travel will be done on location basis and will depend on the coronavirus situation prevailing in the local areas.

Real-time tracking of the Covid-19 is currently underway using ADVANA.

Developed and maintained by the US Department of Defense (DoD), ADVANA is a new database providing information on the current infection and associated data, including military installations and facilities.

As per the conditions, the tracking system approves to stop the existing restrictions movement.

US Navy vice-admiral John Nowell said: “This conditions-based, phased approach prioritises the safety and security of our personnel, their families and our communities while balancing the need to advance service member career opportunities, unit rotational deployments, and other imperatives.

“Moving forward, it is incumbent upon COs and OICs to balance risk to mission and risk to force to ensure we, as a navy, can continue to meet our mission while simultaneously preventing the spread of Covid-19 within the navy to the greatest extent possible.”

Separately, the US Navy has also prioritised the movement and restart of Permanent Change of Station (PCS).