Washington, DC - The office of the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced June 17 that all ship and submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Commanding Officers (CO's) are now authorized to wear the Command At Sea Pin.

This change is part of CNP's on-going effort to prioritize sea duty and strengthen the role of command triads.

"The value of command cannot be overstated and anywhere we have Commanding Officers assigned, they should wear the symbol of command"," said Vice Adm. Bill Moran, CNP. "But this change is far from just a symbolic gesture; it's a clear message to some of our most important leaders and crews-- their contribution is just as valuable as that of their peers."

Updates to Military Personnel Manual (MILPERMAN) 1210-170 MILPERSMAN 1210-170 "Command At Sea Insignia" and MILPERSMAN 7220-100 "Command Responsibility Pay" will be released in the near future.

Current PCU ships and submarines now authorized to wear the Command At Sea Pin are: PCU Zumwalt (DDG 1000); PCU Crew 106 (LCS 7, Detroit); PCU Crew 111, (LCS 5, Milwaukee); PCU Crew 212 (LCS 6, Jackson); PCU North Dakota (784); PCU John Warner (785); PCU Illinois (786); PCU Washington (787); PCU Colorado (788); and PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Although now authorized to wear the pin, PCU CO's will not receive Command Responsibility Pay until their vessel is commissioned (statute).