NavyRegs Article 0853.
Continuation of Authority After Loss of Ship or Aircraft

Continuation of Authority After Loss of Ship or Aircraft0853.  Continuation of Authority After Loss of Ship or Aircraft.

When the crew of any naval vessel or naval aircraft is separated from their vessel or aircraft because of its wreak, loss or destruction, all the command and authority given to the officers of the vessel or aircraft shall remain in full force until the crew shall be regularly discharged or reassigned by competent authority.  

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