GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS PLAN
1. This enclosure sets forth the physical arrangements of equipment, personnel and
platforms and promulgates other miscellaneous procedures not covered in other
e n c l o s u r e s .
2. Responsibility. Various.
3. Ceremony Details/Phvsical Arrangements.
a. Official Platform Guests and Speakers Podium.
(1) LT Foley will act as the VIP coordinator.
(2) The platform guests of the official party will be seated in the area of the
quarterdeck (Ceremony and Honors Detail).
(3) The speakers platform will be attached to the ship immediately outboard
of the quarterdeck with the speakers podium placed on the platform (General Ship
and Pier Arrangements Detail).
(4) The prospective executive officer will be provided a podium immediately
aft of the platform guest seating area and near the ships edge.
b. Guest Seating. Seating will be divided into three general categories: VIP,
reserved and open. In view of the large crowd expected, an early assessment of the
invitation response number will be required. It is expected that this particular
concern will require flexibility and several last minute accommodations can be
anticipated. A special section for handicapped guests will be designated. Special
ushers will assist this group. Seating is discussed in further detail in enclosure (5)
c. Band/Band Stand. A band stand will be set up in an area between the forward
brow and the guest seating, facing the guests (General Ship and Pier Arrangements
d. Ships Color Guard and Honor Guard. Members of the crew will be
stationed on board to raise the ensign, jack and commissioning pennant which will
be replaced by a second set after the ceremony. The originals will then be delivered
immediately to the executive officer. The ships honor guard will be presented to the
principal speaker for inspection (Ceremony and Honors and Honor Guards Detail).
e. The Special Commissioning Watch is in addition to the First Watch. Under
the general direction of the operations officer, they shall coordinate the come-alive
ceremonies and be prepared to respond to any contingency. The senior watch officer
will promulgate a commissioning day watch bill not later than 15 August 1987.