f. Uniform. The uniform prescribed for the commissioning ceremony shall be
full-dress white for officers and chief petty officers and full-dress white jumper for
first class petty officers and junior.
4. Honors Plan.
a. The weapons officer will make sure all preparations for the use of the ships
saluting battery are made not later than 1 June 1987. Backup saluting battery
arrangements will be made.
b. Sequence of Events Before the Commissioning Ceremony.
(1) Honors will be rendered for only the principal speaker. The Ceremony
and Honors Detail will research the appropriateness of the honors afforded.
(2) The official party with platform guests will depart the staging location
(TBD) in reverse order of seniority.
(3) Upon arrival at the commissioning berth, platform members of the
official party will be met by the prospective commanding officer. Members of the
official party will be escorted, as coordinated by the head usher and assisted by
department heads, to the weather break where they will remain until individually
introduced by the prospective executive officer. Chairs will be provided for the
guests comfort while awaiting their introduction. Names will be on the chairs
identifying guests. Escorts will take VIP spouses to the appropriate seating area.
(4) Upon arrival, the principal speaker will be greeted by the prospective
commanding officer. At this point, the ships crew and honor guard will come to
attention and appropriate honors will be rendered.
(5) The honor guard will then be reviewed by the principal speaker (escorted
by the prospective commanding officer and the honor guard officer). The band will
play appropriate music. Platform guests arriving with the principal speaker will wait
at an appropriate spot until the inspection of the honor guard is complete. Upon
completion of the review, the prospective commanding officer will escort the
principal speaker to the weather break, where other platform guests will be waiting
(seated). Each platform guest will proceed to prearranged seating as he or she is
announced by the prospective executive officer.