UPDATE TO NAVY-WIDE OPTASK VISUAL INFORMATION:
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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
ZEN/CNO WASHINGTON DC
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MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N3N5/FEB//
SUBJ/UPDATE TO NAVY-WIDE OPTASK VISUAL INFORMATION//
REF/A/GENADMIN/NAVY-WIDE OPTASK VISUAL INFORMATION/COMUSFLTFORCOM/
NARR/REF A IS THE NAVY-WIDE OPTASK VISUAL INFORMATION.
REF B IS THE 1972 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLIC ON THE PREVENTION OF
INCIDENTS ON AND OVER THE WATERS OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF THE TERRITORIAL SEA.
REF C IS THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (CNO) INCSEA AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION
GUIDANCE FOR THE OPNAV STAFF AND NAVAL COMPONENT COMMANDS.//
POC/LCDR ROBERT MAUL/703-545-8181/EMAIL: email@example.com//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN updates reference (a) to incorporate INCSEA reporting
2. This update addresses underreporting of incidents between United States
and Russia that occur outside the limits of territorial seas, reporting that
is required per the Incident at Sea (INCSEA) agreement between our two
nations (OPNAVINST 5711.96D). Underreporting results in an incomplete picture
that constrains our position at the annual INCSEA Consultations; designed to
minimize the risk of miscalculation.
3. OPNAVINST 5711.96D directs that INCSEA violations are to be reported
within 15 days of occurrence.
4. Action for Navy Component Commands (NCC). To ensure that interactions
between U.S. and Russian Federation Forces are evaluated under both Visual
Information criteria and INCSEA Agreement criteria, the following guidance
will be added to Reference (a), paragraph E "Interactions with Russian Ships
a. Per OPNAVINST 5711.96D, all interactions between U.S. and Russian Ships
and Aircraft that generate a VI report shall be evaluated for INCSEA
violations by Navy Component Commands (NCC). The NCC shall include in their
VI report their assessment of whether or not an associated INCSEA violation
occurred, with details provided separately per OPNAVINST 5711.96D if it
indeed met INCSEA violation criteria.
b. INCSEA incident criteria is independent of VI Criteria. An interaction
determined to be safe and professional under VI guidance may still meet
INCSEA reporting criteria, driving the need to evaluate each event
independently against the criteria in references (a), (b) and (c). Although
less common, underreporting may also exist for INCSEA violations that do not
trip a VI report, e.g. a simulated attack outside visual range.
c. When in doubt, report the event as an INCSEA violation for further
evaluation by OPNAV ahead of annual INCSEA consultations, facilitating the
larger efforts of minimizing miscalculations while also maintaining
5. For questions, please contact LCDR Robert Maul, email:
6. Released by VADM W. R. Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Operations, Plans, and Strategy, OPNAV N3/N5.//