3. Guests will be berthed with officers if staying
overnight and normally will subsist in the wardroom
(with the exception of Tiger Cruise guests). It is not
necessary to assign guests individual rooms. They
should be invited to dine at least once in each mess, if
time allows. Guests should be encouraged to speak
freely and to mingle with the crew. During Tiger
Cruises, guests should be billeted and subsist with their
sponsors, no matter what rank or grade.
4. Guests should be afforded the privileges of the
ships store and laundry. Ships store privileges must be
limited to purchasing items for immediate personal use
(soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.).
5. Only emergency medical and dental care should
be provided and only when civilian care is not
conveniently available. When an injury occurs to a
civilian aboard a Navy ship, the CO must notify
CHINFO, the area coordinator and the operational
commander(s) by message. The message must state
what action has been taken. In case of an emergency not
covered by Navy Regulations, facts and circumstances
should be reported immediately to the SECNAV.
6. If funding allows, guests should be given a
photograph of the ship as a souvenir. The CO may want
to autograph the photo. A ships ball cap makes a good
lasting memento and makes guests feel like a member
of the crew while they are aboard. The cost could be
included in the fee charged for their staying aboard.
7. Publicity should be limited to that originated by
the participant. Navy-sponsored publicity will be
avoided unless requested by the guest. Media and public
queries will be answered fully and should state the
purpose of the cruise and the fact that it occurred at no
cost to the government.
8. Helicopter transportation maybe authorized by
numbered fleet commanders or type commanders for
civilian guests and others whose embarkation is
authorized. This authority must not be extended to
include flights of convenience. Consideration should be
given to age and physiological characteristics and
special diet of the guests.
EMBARKING CIVILIAN WOMEN. COs
must approve, must have appropriate berthing and must
notify type commander or numbered fleet. Personal
guests must be escorted by their sponsors.
Pregnant women up to 210 days gestation maybe
embarked unless medically prohibited. A medical
statement signed by a doctor stating the duration of the
pregnancy and fitness for embarkation must be
submitted by the woman requesting the embarkation.
Womens organizations, including those whose
memberships have a high percentage of persons with
Navy affiliation, may be authorized for local daylight
cruises or overnights by the appropriate fleet
commander in chief.
Female entertainers may embark for local daylight
cruises. Overnight embarkation requires the approval of
the appropriate fleet commander in chief.
YOUTH GROUPS. Some civilian youth groups,
including NJROTC, Naval Sea Cadet Corps and
national scouting program participants, are recognized
by the CNO and may embark on Navy ships during
underway periods as outlined in the OPNAVINST
5720.2 series. Requests for other youth groups to
embark should be forwarded to the Commander, Navy
SECNAV Guest Cruise
A SECNAV Guest Cruise is a four-day program that
allows top-level opinion leaders in business, industry,
science, education and labor to see the Navy in action
firsthand. It includes pierside or at-sea tours of surface
ships, a pierside tour/embark on a nuclear submarine,
observation of Marine and SEAL field activities and an
underway, overnight visit to an aircraft carrier. These
cruises are conducted at least three times a year, on
alternate coasts. The ideal number of guests for each
cruise is 12.
The intent of a SECNAV Guest Cruise is to increase
the participants level of understanding in the following
Modern sea equipment
High levels of responsibility and training
required of Navy men and women
CHINFO is responsible for maintaining a list of
probable guests, both male and female, nominated by
area coordinators, high-level officials of the office of the
SECNAV and others. To make the list, guests must not
have any previous exposure to the Navy, defined as
active or reserve service in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine
Corps within the last 10 years or participation in a cruise
on a U.S. Navy ship in the last 10 years.
If your ship is selected to host a SECNAV Guest
Cruise, you and/or the PAO must forward a Guest Cruise