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$700.502 Commandant of the Coast Guard.

(a) The Commandant of the Coast Guard is the Senior officer of the United States Coast Guard.

(b) When reporting in accordance with section 3, title 14 U.S.C., to the Secretary of the Navy, the Commandant of the Coast Guard will further report to the Chief of Naval Operations for military functions. The Chief of Naval Operations shall represent the Coast Guard as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

$700.503 Duties and responsibilities.

In exercising Command Over the Coast Guard while Operating as a Service of the Navy, the Commandant shall: (a) Organize, train, prepare and maintain the readiness Of the Coast Guard to function as a specialized Service in the Navy for the performance of military missions, as directed. (b) Plan for and determine the present, and future needs of the Coast Guard, both quantitative and qualitative, for personnel, including reserve personnel. (c) Budget for the Coast Guard, except as may be otherwise directed by the Secretary of the Navy. (d) Plan for and determine the Support needs of the Coast Guard for equipment, materials, weapons or weapons systems, Supplies, facilities, maintenance, and Supporting Services. (e) Exercise essential military administration of the Coast Guard. This includes, but is not limited to, Such matters as Security, discipline, intelligence, communications, personnel records and accounting conforming, as practicable, to Navy procedures. (f) Enforce or a SSist, in enforcing Federal laws on the high seas and on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. (g) Administer, promulgate and enforce regulations for the promotion of Safety of life and property On the high seas and on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. This applies to those matters not specifically delegated by law to some other executive department. (h) Develop, establish, maintain and operate, with due regard to the requirements of national defense, aids to mar

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itime navigation, ice breaking facilities, and rescue facilities for the promotion of safety on and over the high seas and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(i) Engage in oceanographic research on the high seas and in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States in coordination with the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy.

(j) Continue in effect under the Secretary of the Navy those other functions, powers and duties vested in him by appropriate Orders and regulations of the Secretary of Transportation on the day prior to the effective date of transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of the Navy until Specifically modified or terminated by the Secretary Of the Navy.

Subport F.—Commonders in Chief Cind Other Commonders

$700.601 Titles of commanders.

(a) The commander of a principal organization of the Operating Forces of the Navy, as determined by the Chief of Naval Operations, or the Officer who has succeeded to Such command as provided elsewhere in these regulations, shall have the title “Commander in Chief.” The name of the Organization under his command shall be added to form his official title.

(b) The commander of each other organization of units of the Operating Forces of the Navy, or organization of units of shore activities, shall have the title “Commander,” “Commandant,” “Commanding General,” or other appropriate title. The name of the organization under his command shall be added to form his Official title.

$700.602 Responsibility and authority of a commander.

(a) A commander shall be responsible for the satisfactory accomplishment of the mission and duties assigned to his Command. His authority shall be commenSurate with his responsibilities. Normally, he shall exercise authority through his immediate subordinate Commanders; but he may communicate directly with any of his subordinates.

(b) A commander shall insure that Subordinate Commands are fully aware of the importance of strong, dynamic

leadership and its relationship to the overall efficiency and readiness of naval forces. A commander shall exercise positive leadership and actively develop the highest qualities of leadership in persons with positions of authority and responsibility throughout his command. (c) Subject to orders of higher authority, a commander shall issue Such regulations and instructions as may be necessary for the proper administration and Operation of his command. (d) A Commander shall hold the same relationship to his flagship, or to a shore activity of his command in which his headquarters may be located, in regard to its internal administration and discipline, as to any other ship or shore activity of his command.

$700.603 To announce assumption of command.

Upon assuming Command, a Commander shall so advise appropriate superiors, and the units of his command. When appropriate to his Command he shall also advise the Senior commanders of Other United States armed Services and officials of other Federal agenCies and foreign governments located within the area, encornpassed by his Command, concerning his assumption Of Command.

$700.604 Readiness.

A Commander shall take all practicable steps to maintain his command in a state of readiness to perform its mission. In conformity with the Orders and policies of higher authority, he shall: (a) Organize the forces and resources under his command and assign duties to his principal Subordinate Command€I’S. (b) Prepare plans for the employment Of his forces to meet existing and foreSeeable situations. (C) Collaborate with the Commanders Of Other United States armed Services and with appropriate officials of other Federal agencies and foreign governments located within the area, encompassed by his command. (d) Maintain effective intelligence and keep himself informed of the political and military aspects of the national and international situation.

(e) Make, or cause to be made, such inspections as necessary to ensure the readiness, effectiveness, and efficiency of the components of his command.

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At all times a commander shall obServe, and require his command to obServe, the principles of international law. Where necessary to fulfillment of this responsibility, a departure from Other provisions of Navy Regulations is authorized.

Subport G–The Commanding Officer

$700,701 Applicability.

In addition to Commanding officers, the provisions of this chapter shall apply, where pertinent, to aircraft commanders, officers in charge (including warrant officers and petty officers when so detailed) and those persons Standing the Command duty.

$700,702 Responsibility.

(a) The responsibility of the commanding officer for his command is abSolute, except when, and to the extent, relieved therefrom by competent authority, or as provided otherwise in these regulations. The authority of the Commanding Officer is commensurate with his responsibility. While he may, at his discretion, and when not contrary to law or regulations, delegate authority to his subordinates for the execution of details, such delegation of authority shall in no way relieve the Commanding Officer of his continued responsibility for the Safety, wellbeing, and efficiency of his entire Command.

(b) A commanding officer who departs from his orders or instructions, or takes official action which is not in accordance with Such orders or instructions, does SO upon his own responsibility and shall report inmediately the Circumstances to the Officer from whom the prior orders or instructions were received.

(c) The Commanding officer shall be responsible for economy within his command. To this end he shall require from his Subordinates a rigid compliance with the regulations governing American National Red Cross is authorized to conduct a program of welfare, including Social, financial, and medical and dental aid, for naval personnel; to assist in matters pertaining to prisoners of war; and to provide such other services as are appropriate functions for the Red CrOSS. The American National Red Cross is the only volunteer society authorized by the Government to render medical and dental aid to the armed forces of the United States. Other organizations desiring to render medical and dental aid may do so only through the Red Cross.

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(a) Control of passage in and protracted visits to aircraft and Ships of the Navy by all persons, within or without the Department of the Navy, shall be exercised by the Chief of Naval Operations.

(b) Nothing in this article shall be interpreted as prohibiting the senior officer present from authorizing the passage in ships and aircraft of the Navy by such persons as he judges necessary in the public interest or in the interest of humanity. The Senior officer present shall report the circumstances to the Chief of Naval Operations when he gives such authorization.

$700.711 Authority over passengers.

Except as otherwise provided in these regulations or in Orders from Competent authority, all passengers in a

Ship Or aircraft of the naval Service are Subject to the authority of the commanding officer and shall conform to the internal regulations and routine of the ship or aircraft. The commanding officer of such ship or aircraft shall take no disciplinary action against a passenger not in the naval Service, other than that authorized by law; but he may, when he deems such action to be necessary for the safety of the ship or aircraft or of any persons embarked, subject a passenger not in the naval Service to such restraint as the cirCumstances require until Such time as delivery to the proper authorities is possible. A report of the matter shall be made to an appropriate superior of the passenger.

§ 700.712 [Reserved]

$700.713 Person found under incriminating circumstances.

(a) The Commanding Officer shall keep under restraint or surveillance, as necessary, any person not in the armed Services of the United States who is found under incriminating or irregular circumstances within the command, and Shall inmediately initiate an investigation.

(b) Should an investigation indicate that such person is not a fugitive from justice or has not committed or attempted to commit an offense, he shall be released at the earliest opportunity, except:

(1) If not a citizen of the United States, and the place of release is under the jurisdiction of the United States, the nearest federal immigration authorities Shall be notified as to the time and place of release sufficiently in advance to permit them to take Such steps as they deem appropriate.

(2) Such persons shall not be released in territory not under the jurisdiction of the United States without first, Obtaining the Consent of the proper foreign authorities, except where the investigation Shows that he entered the command from territory of the foreign state, or that he is a citizen or Subject of that State.

(c) If the investigation indicates that such person has committed or attempted to commit an offense punishable under the authority of the Commanding officer, the latter shall take such action as he deems necessary.

(d) If the investigation indicates that such a person is a fugitive from justice, or has committed or attempted to Commit an offense which requires actions beyond the authority of the commanding officer, he shall, at the first Opportunity, deliver such person, with full descriptive data, fingerprints, and a statement of the Circumstances to the proper civil authorities.

(e) A report shall be made promptly to the Secretary of the Navy, in all cases under paragraph 4 of this article, and in other cases where appropriate.

[39 FR 7135, Feb. 25, 1974, as amended at 41 FR 21775, May 28, 1976]

$700,714 Rules for visits.

(a) Commanding Officers are responsible for the control of visitors to their commands and shall comply with the relevant provisions of the Department of the Navy Security Manual for ClasSified Information and other pertinent directives.

(b) Commanding Officers shall take such measures and impose restrictions On Visitors as necessary to Safeguard the classified material under their jurisdiction. Arrangements for general Visiting shall always be based on the aSSumption that foreign agents will be annong the Visitors.

(C) Commanding Officers and others Officially concerned Shall exercise realSonable care to Safeguard the persons and property of visitors to naval activities as well as taking those necessary precautions to Safeguard the persons and property within his command.

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(b) Requests for Red Cross services shall be made to the Chief of Naval Personnel or the Commandant of the Marine Corps or, in the case of medical Services, to the Chief, Bureau Of MediCine and Surgery.

(c) Activities and personnel of the American National Red CrOSS in areas Subject to naval jurisdiction shall conform to Such administrative regulations as may be prescribed by appropriate naval authority,

(d) Red Cross personnel shall be considered to have the status of CommisSioned Officers, Subject, to Such restrictions as may be imposed by the Chief of Naval Personnel or the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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In an in-service ship of the Military Sealift Command, the master is reSponsible for the Safety of his ship and all persons on board. He is responsible for the safe navigation and technical Operation of his ship and has paramount authority over all persons on board. The master is responsible for the preparation of the abandoned ship bill and has exclusive authority to Order the ship abandoned. He has full authority to enforce appropriate laws of the United States and all applicable Orders and regulations of the Navy, Military Sealift Command, and the Office of Personnel Management.

[39 FR 7135, Feb. 25, 1974, as amended at 47 FR 28370, June 30, 1982]

$700.734 Relations with merchant seaIIl CIT,

When in foreign waters, the commanding Officer, with the approval of the senior officer present, may receive On board as Supernumeraries for ra– tions and passage:

(a) Distressed Seamen of the United States for passage to the United

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