NavyRegs Article 0807.
Relieving Procedures

Relieving Procedures0807. Relieving Procedures

1. A commanding officer about to be relieved of command will:

a.  Inspect the command in company with the relieving officer.

b.  In the case of a ship, and within other commands where appropriate, cause the crew to be exercised in the presence of both the commanding officer and the relieving officer at general quarters and general drills, unless conditions render it impracticable or inadvisable.

c.  Point out any defects or peculiarities of the command, noting particularly deficiencies in safety, operational readiness, training, habitability or material conditions, and account for them to the relieving officer.

d.  Deliver to his or her relief all unexecuted orders, all regulations and orders in force and all official correspondence and information concerning the command and the personnel thereof as may be of service to the relieving officer.  The commanding officer will not remove the original records of official correspondence, original letters, documents or papers concerning the command and personnel thereof, but may retain authenticated copies thereof.

e.  Deliver to his or her relief all documents required by these regulations to be either kept or supervised by the commanding officer.  If a Navy post office is established within the command, the commanding officer will deliver to his or her relief a current audit of postal accounts and effects.

f.  Deliver all magazine and other keys in his or her custody to the relieving officer.

g.  Cause all Communications Security material charged to the command to be inventoried in accordance with the provisions of the Communications Security Material System Manual.

h.  Submit reports of fitness of officers and sign all log books, journals and other documents requiring his or her signature up to the date of his or her relief.

i.  At the time of turning over command, the commanding officer to be relieved will call all hands to muster, read the orders of detachment, and turn over the command to his or her relief, who will read the orders of relief and assume command.  At shore activities, this procedure may be modified as appropriate.

2.  The officer relieved, although without authority after turning over the command, is, until final departure, entitled to all the ceremonies and distinctions accorded a commanding officer.

3.  The officer being relieved will prepare a report of transfer of command listing any unsatisfactory conditions within the command having the potential to affect adversely safety, well-being, readiness, fiscal integrity or command performance, and specifying a proposed plan to correct them.  The officer succeeding to command will endorse this report.  If the officer assuming command does not concur in the report, that officer will specify wherein the report is inaccurate or incomplete and will provide the officer being relieved the opportunity to make explanation.  The officer assuming command will report the actual transfer of command as part of his or her endorsement.  For a command of the operating forces of the Navy, a report of a normal, routine transfer of command will be addressed to the immediate superior in command, with copies to the chain of command.  A report that identifies unsatisfactory conditions within the command, or contains adverse comments with respect to the command’s state of readiness, will be forwarded via the chain of command, with a copy direct to the Commander in Chief of the fleet concerned.  For a command not of the operating forces of the Navy, the report shall be addressed to the immediate superior of the officer succeeding to command, with copies direct to the appropriate offices which may have a direct interest.  A copy will be retained by each of the officers between whom the transfer of command takes place.

4.  When an officer detailed as commanding officer reports to a command having no regularly detailed commanding officer, the procedure prescribed in the preceding paragraphs of this article will be followed, insofar as is consistent with the circumstances.

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