NavyRegs Article 0881.
Commissioning and Assuming Command

Commissioning and Assuming Command.0881.  Commissioning and Assuming Command.

A ship shall be transferred to the prospective commanding officer and placed in commission in accordance with the following procedure:

     a.  the formal transfer shall be effected by the supervisory authority or a designated representative;

     b.  as many of the officers and crew of the ship as circumstances permit, and a guard and music, shall be assembled and properly distributed on the quarter-deck or other suitable part of the ship;

     c.  the officer effecting the transfer shall cause the national ensign and the proper insignia of command to be hoisted with the appropriate ceremonies, and shall turn the ship over to the prospective commanding officer; and

     d.  the prospective commanding officer shall read his or her orders, assume command, and cause the watch to be set.

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