An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 28, 2020

Navy Issues COVID-19 Standardized Operational Guidance

Office of the Navy Chief of Information

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy issued new standardized operational guidance to the Fleet to combat the coronavirus pandemic this week.

The guidance lays out minimum actions required for Navy units to deploy safely in this environment. Deploying units across the fleet have already developed effective procedures for restriction of movement, isolation or quarantine periods. These procedures build continuously on lessons learned and are coordinated with the Navy Bureau of Medicine for the latest scientific efficacy and to ensure standardization across the force.

“Our forces continue to operate forward every day; the impact of COVID-19 on the global community only heightens the critical role our Navy plays in maintaining security and stability at sea,” said Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, the Navy’s operations chief in charge of coordinating the service’s response to COVID-19.

“As we learn more about this virus, the Navy will continue to take steps necessary to preserve our operational readiness while protecting the health of our forces.”

While testing is the only way to uncover asymptomatic individuals, it does not guarantee a deploying unit is COVID-free. Public health mitigation measures, like social distancing, deep cleaning and face coverings, will still be followed to reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak once the unit is deployed.

“Personal responsibility and disciplined organizational public health protection measures are the bedrock of risk reduction and risk mitigation,” said Navy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham.

The minimum actions to deploy a unit will consist of pre-deployment medical screening, a minimum of 14 days in a pre-deployment restriction of movement sequestered status, and adherence to preventative measures like handwashing and face coverings while underway.

Pre-deployment screening will consist of an assessment of COVID-19 exposure history, a temperature check, a check for COVID-19 signs and symptoms, a review of any past COVID-19 testing, and a thorough evaluation of the member’s high risk factors. The daily screening will consist of a questionnaire and temperature checks.

This guidance will also apply to any ship riders, direct support personnel, and all others penetrating an established clean bubble. These personnel will also be required to complete a 14-day restriction of movement sequestration period prior to embarking. In the event of a short-notice visit aboard a ship, commanders will need to apply case-by-case mitigations to safeguard, to the maximum extent possible, their command’s bubble.

Ships throughout the Optimized Fleet Response Plan must also comply with this guidance. Commands are required to adhere to local Force Health Protection (HPCON) requirements and will be emphasizing the personal responsibility of all hands for wearing face coverings, properly social distancing, self-monitoring and reporting. Daily screenings, health updates, and deep cleaning are also key parts of the policy.

It is imperative that all hands understand the importance of minimizing spread of COVID-19 within our ranks. We will continue to update our guidance as our understanding of COVID-19 evolves. We can expect these COVID mitigation measures to be in place for a lengthy period, and this will pose challenges for our people and their families. Navy leadership will continue to keep the fleet and families informed on the best way forward during this pandemic.

Like Us
Follow Us



US Air Force Participates in Civic Action Engagement Alongside Royal Thai Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force during Exercise Cope Tiger 23
Col. Paul Davidson, left, U.S. Air Force exercise director, Col. Maxmillion Goh, center, Royal Singapore Air Force exercise director and Group Capt. Anurruk Romnarak, right, Royal Thailand Air Force exercise director, pose for a photo with students, faculty members, and community leaders during a combined civic action engagement during Exercise Cope Tiger 23 at Nongpednam School, Korat, Kingdom of Thailand, March 23, 2023. The combined civic action engagement provides an opportunity for countries participating in CT 23 to give back to the community surrounding Korat Royal Thai Air Base. CT 23 is an annual exercise meant to improve readiness and the ability of participating forces to operate together while enhancing military relations and combined capabilities.
March 29, 2023 - KORAT, Kingdom of Thailand -- Airmen from the United States, Thailand and Singapore visited a local school as part of a combined civic action engagement during Exercise Cope Tiger 2023.The Airmen took a break from their...

U.S. Naval Ship Matthew Perry Returns to Indo-Pacific Waters After Voyage Repair in India
U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin inside USNS Matthew Perry which was at L&T shipyard in Kattupalli near Chennai for maintenance and repair work.
March 29, 2023 - CHENNAI, U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India -- USNS Matthew Perry, a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, has successfully completed maintenance and repair work at Larsen & Toubro Ltd’s facility in...

Competition With China Drives FY 2024 Budget Request
Ships and aircraft from Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG), with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operate in formation in the South China Sea. NIMCSG, MKI ARG and 13th MEU, are conducting combined expeditionary strike force (ESF) operations, demonstrating unique high-end war fighting capability, maritime superiority, power projection and readiness. Operations include integrated training designed to advance interoperability between the two groups while simultaneously demonstrating the U.S. commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region. NIMCSG is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
March 29, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- The $842 billion fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Defense Department is driven in large part by strategic competition with China, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.The budget also focuses, he...

Navy Conducts Revitalization at the Port of Tinian; Extends Life of Port Infrastructure for Region
A U.S. Navy diver from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) Two enters the Port of Tinian for underwater construction repairs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Photo by
March 29, 2023 - TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands -- Bubbling under the waters at the Port of Tinian, a team of Sailors from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) Two could be seen welding zinc anodes to the north quay wall...

NIMCSG, JMSDF Conduct Bilateral Maritime Exercise
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) steam behind the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is conducting a bilateral maritime exercise with the JMSDF in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
March 28, 2023 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 23-26.USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and USS...