Imperial Navy General Regulations
Section I: General Conduct

Article 1: Uniformity of Personnel

Recognising that the officers and personnel of the Imperial Navy represent a diversity of races, genders and cultures, for the purposes of clarity and uniformity of treatment all officers and personnel of the Imperial Navy shall be considered to be of a common race, gender and culture. That common race, gender and culture shall approximate that of an Imperial Human Male. Segregation, or differences in treatment (whether advantageous or detrimental) based on racial, gender, or cultural differences, shall not be permitted or tolerated except where specifically authorised by senior medical officers of Admiral rank or higher.

Article 2: Language

The language of the Imperial Navy, for use in all official correspondence and verbal orders and instructions, shall be Galanglic. Standards for Galanglic, as used by the Imperial Navy, shall be issued by the Admiralty and be subject to periodic revisions. The use of High Vilani or other languages for official business of the Imperial Navy is not permitted.

Article 3: Officer's Duties Relative to Laws, Orders and Regulations

All officers in the Imperial Navy shall acquaint themselves with, obey and, so far as their authority extends, enforce the laws, regulations and orders relating to the Imperial Navy. They will faithfully and truthfully discharge the duties of their offices to the best of their ability in conformance with existing orders and regulations.

In the absence of instructions officers of the Imperial Navy shall act in conformity with the policies and customs of the Imperial Navy.

Article 4: Requirement of Exemplary Conduct

All commanding officers and others in authority in the Imperial Navy are required to show in themselves a good example of honour, patriotism and subordination; to be vigilant in inspecting the conduct of all persons who are placed under their command; and to take all necessary and proper measures, under the laws, regulations and customs of the Imperial Navy, to promote and safeguard the general welfare of the officers and enlisted persons under their command or charge.

All Imperial Navy personnel are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. At a minimum all personnel shall comply with directives issued by the Grand Admiral and the Admiralty.

Article 5: Language Reflecting on a Superior

No person in the Imperial Navy shall use language which may tend to diminish the confidence in or respect due to his superior officer.

Article 6: Financial Dealings With Other Personnel

No officer shall borrow money or accept deposits from, or have any financial dealings with an enlisted person, except as may be required in the performance of his duty, and except for the sale of an item of personal property which is for sale to other persons under the same conditions of guarantee and for the same consideration, and never having been the property of the Imperial Navy.

Superiors of the rank of lieutenant or higher, may authorise, as a duty, an officer or officers to accept deposits from an enlisted person for the sole purpose of temporarily safeguarding the enlisted person's personal funds under emergency or operational situations.

No person in the Imperial Navy who makes a loan of money to another member of the Imperial armed forces shall knowingly charge, demand or receive money or other property constituting interest.

Article 7: Commercial Interests

Unless authorised by the commanding officer or higher authority, no person in the Imperial Navy, either acting independently or as an agent for another, shall engage in a trade or business.

Except as necessary during contract administration to determine specification or other compliance, no person in the Imperial Navy, in his official capacity, shall endorse or express an opinion of approval or disapproval of any commercial product or process.

Article 8: Obligation to Report Offences

Persons in the Imperial Navy shall report as soon as possible to superior authority all offences committed by Navy personnel which come under their observation.

If any person in the Imperial Navy has knowledge of any fraud, collusion or improper conduct on the part of any purchasing or other agent or contractor, or on the part of any person employed in superintending repairs, receiving or receipting for supplies, or having knowledge of any fraud, collusion or improper conduct in such matters connected to the Imperial Navy, he shall report the same immediately in writing to the proper authority, specifying the particular act, or acts of misconduct, fraud, neglect or collusion and describing any evidence which may assist in proving same.

Commanding Officers may, at their discretion, forward such reports (along with their recommendations and comments) to the Office of the Auditor General, to the Space Safety Board, the Office of the Judge Advocate General, or other offices of the Admiralty, as appropriate.

Article 9: Possession of Imperial Navy Property

No person in the Imperial Navy shall have in his possession any property of the Imperial Navy, except as may be necessary to the proper performance of duty or as may be authorised by proper authority.

The clothing, arms, accoutrements, or other assigned items issued by the Imperial Navy to personnel shall not be sold, bartered, exchanged, pledged, loaned or given away to unauthorised personnel.

Article 10: Regulations Training

Instruction in the Regulations shall be included in the general military training program. A text of the Regulations shall be posted in a location that is conspicuous and readily accessible to personnel of the command.

Section II: Command and Authority

Article 1: Compliance With Lawful Orders

All persons in the Imperial Navy are required to obey readily and strictly, and to execute promptly, the lawful orders of their superiors.

An officer who diverts another from any service upon which he has been ordered by a common superior, or who requires a person to act contrary to the orders of such superior, or interferes with those under such superior's command, must immediately report this action to the officer whose orders have been contravened, and show that the common interest required such action.

If a person in the Imperial Navy receives an order which annuls, suspends or modifies one received from another superior, he shall immediately represent the facts to the superior from whom the last order was received. If, after such representation, the superior from whom the last order was received should insist upon execution of that order, it shall be obeyed. The person receiving and executing such order shall report the circumstances as soon as practicable to the superior from whom the original order was received.

Article 2: Exchange of Duty

No person in the Imperial Navy shall exchange an assigned duty with another without permission from his commanding officer or appropriate superior.

Article 3: Redress of Wrong Committed by a Superior

If any person in the Imperial Navy considers himself wronged by an act, omission, decision or order of a person who is superior in rank or command, that person shall not fail in maintaining a respectful bearing toward such superior, but may report the wrong to the proper authority for redress. The report should clearly identify the respondent (the superior against whom it is made) and the wrong complained of. A complainant (the person submitting the report) may be held accountable by the officer responsible for the resolution of the report if the report is found to be vexatious, frivolous or false. The report may not be joined with reports by other complainants.

If the respondent and the complainant are under the command of the same immediate commanding officer, such commanding officer shall resolve the report of wrong. Except where necessary in order to effect redress, if redress is found to be warranted, the immediate commanding officer is not required to forward either the report or the resolution to a higher authority.

If the respondent and the complainant are not under the command of the same immediate commanding officer, or if the respondent is the commanding officer of the complainant, then such a report shall be submitted, forwarded and resolved by the office of the JAG (Judge Advocate General).

Article 4: Direct Communications With the Commanding Officer

The right of any person in the Imperial Navy to communicate with the commanding officer in a proper manner, and at a proper time and place, shall not be denied or restricted.

Officers who are senior to the executive officer have the right to communicate directly with the commanding officer, but they shall keep the executive officer informed on matters relating to the functioning of the command.

A head of department, or any other major subdivision of any activity, has the right to communicate directly with the commanding officer concerning any matter relating to that department or subdivision, but will keep the executive officer informed.

Article 5: Precedence

Precedence between personnel is normally according to current rank or grade.

All personnel of the same rank or grade take precedence with each other according to their respective dates of rank. The date of rank is the date the officer was commissioned, or, when the current grade is not a commissioned rank, then the date of rank is the date of enlistment. Except ...

(a) In medical situations, a commissioned officer in the medical branch shall take precedence over commissioned officers of the same rank from other branches. In non-medical situations, a commissioned officer in the medical branch shall be inferior to commissioned officers of the same rank from other branches.

(b) Chief Petty Officers (including Senior Chief Petty Officers and Master Chief Petty Officers) of the Imperial Navy, in the same grade, take precedence with each other according to the duties of their position as it applies to a particular situation. [Thus an Engineering Chief Petty Officer takes precedence over a Gunnery Chief Petty Officer in matters relating to engineering, and a Gunnery Chief Petty Officer takes precedence over an Engineering Chief Petty Officer in matters relating to gunnery.]

An officer detailed to command by competent authority or who has succeeded to command, has precedence over all officers and personnel attached to that command of whatever rank.

The executive officer, while in the execution of duties as such, shall take precedence over all persons under the command of the commanding officer.

Article 6: Acting Titles

An officer holding an acting appointment shall have the title of his acting grade and, when such appointment is revoked, shall resume the title of his actual grade.

Article 7: Titles and Authority of Certain Officers of the Admiralty

Officers in charge of divisional offices of the Admiralty, while so serving, have an additional title specific to that division:

(a) The head of the Fleet Operations Division is called Chief of Fleet Operations
(b) The head of the Base Operations Division is called Chief of Base Operations
(c) The head of the Logistics Support Division is called Chief of Logistics
(d) The head of the Personnel Division is called Chief of Personnel
(e) The head of the Security Division is called Inspector General
(f) The head of the Naval Intelligence is called Chief of Naval Intelligence
(g) The head of the Science Division is called Scientific Advisor to the Fleet
(h) The head of the Engineering Division is called Chief Engineer to the Fleet
(i) The head of the Medical Division is called Surgeon General
(j) The head of the Justice Division is called Judge Advocate General
(k) The head of the Mapping Division is called Chief of Astrogation
(l) The head of the Space Safety Board is called Chairman of the Board of Space Safety
(m) The head of the General Accounting Division is called Auditor General
(n) The head of the Planetary Relations Division is called Ambassador to the Fleet

These officers have authority over other staff officers in their division regardless of rank or precedence, and may assign such additional titles and authority to those staff officers as they see fit.

Article 8: Titles of Certain Other Officers

An officer detailed to command a ship by competent authority or who has succeeded to command of a ship, shall be referred to as Captain of that ship regardless of their actual rank or grade.

An officer detailed to be a medical officer may be referred to as Doctor.

Article 9: Exercise of Authority

All persons in the Imperial Navy on active service, and transferred members of the Fleet Reserve, and the Marine Corps, are at all times subject to naval authority. While on active service they may, if not on leave of absence except as noted below, on the sick list, taken into custody, under arrest, suspended from duty, in confinement or otherwise incapable of discharging their duties, exercise authority over all persons who are subordinate to them.

A person in the Imperial Navy, although on leave, may exercise authority:
(a) When on a naval ship or craft and placed on duty by the commanding officer.
(b) When on a naval base and placed on duty by the commanding officer of the base.
(c) When senior officer at the scene of an emergency, or when placed on duty by such an officer.

The delegation of authority and the issuance of orders and instructions by a person in the Imperial Navy shall not relieve such person from any responsibility imposed upon him. He shall ensure that the delegated authority is properly exercised and that his orders and instructions are properly executed.

Persons in authority are forbidden to injure their subordinates by tyrannical or capricious conduct, or by abusive language.

Article 10: Authority of an Officer Who Succeeds to Command

An officer who succeeds to command due to incapacity, death, departure on leave, detachment without relief or absence due to orders from competent authority of the officer detailed to command, has the same authority and responsibility as the officer whom he succeeds.

An officer who succeeds to command during the temporary absence of the commanding officer shall make no changes in the existing organisation, and shall endeavour to have the routine and other affairs of the command carried on in the usual manner.

When an officer temporarily succeeding to command signs official correspondence, the word "Acting" shall appear below his signature.

Article 11: Authority of a Base Commander over Visiting Commands

While at a navy base or station and not under the command of the base commander or station commander, the officer in command of a ship, craft, or unit of troops, shall conform to the orders of the navy base commander or naval station commander related to common or specific services which he may provide. Such common or specific services may include security, fire protection, safety, defence, sanitation, recreation and welfare.

Article 12: Authority of a Sentry

A sentry, within the limits stated in his orders, has authority over all persons on his post.

Article 13: Succession to Command

In the event of the incapacity, death, departure on leave or detachment without relief of a commander of a fleet or subdivision of a fleet, or when such officer is absent from his command due to orders from competent authority, the senior line officer of the Imperial Navy, eligible for command in the fleet or subdivision of the fleet shall succeed to command unless the commander or competent authority ordered otherwise.

In the event of the incapacity, death, departure on leave or detachment without relief of a commander of a naval base or station, or when such officer is absent from his command due to orders from competent authority, the senior line officer of the Imperial Navy, eligible for command on the base or station shall succeed to command unless the commander or competent authority ordered otherwise.

In the event of the incapacity, death, relief from duty or absence of the officer detailed to command a ship, the executive officer shall succeed to command until relieved by competent authority or until the regular commanding officer returns. Succession to command, after the commanding officer and executive officer, shall be by the line officer in the Imperial Navy eligible for command, next in rank and regularly attached to and onboard the ship, until relieved by competent authority or until the regular commanding officer or executive officer returns.

When a flag officer or other commander of ships is incapacitated in battle the officer next in rank on the flagship and eligible to succeed him shall succeed provisionally until the officer who would succeed as provided for in paragraph 1 of this article announces that he has taken command. It is the duty of the officer who succeeds provisionally to report, as soon as practicable, the incapacity of the flag officer to the officer who will succeed to command and to the immediate superior of the flag officer.

Article 14: Relief of a Commanding Officer by a Subordinate

It is conceivable that most unusual and extraordinary circumstances may arise in which the relief from duty of a commanding officer by a subordinate becomes necessary, either by placing the commanding officer under arrest or on the sick list. Such action shall never be taken without the approval of the senior officer present, except when reference to such higher authority is undoubtedly impractical for clearly obvious reasons. In any event, a complete report of the matter shall be made to the Chief of Personnel, and the senior officer present, setting forth all facts in the case and the reasons for the action or recommendation, with particular regard to the degree of urgency involved.

In order that a subordinate officer, acting upon his own initiative, may be vindicated for relieving a commanding officer from duty, the situation must be obvious and clear, and must admit of the single conclusion that the retention of command by such commanding officer will seriously and irretrievably prejudice the Imperial interest. The subordinate officer so acting:

(a) Must be next in succession to command

(b) Must be unable to refer the matter to a common superior for the reasons set forth in the preceding paragraph

(c) Must be certain that the prejudicial actions of the commanding officer are not caused by instructions unknown to him

(d) Must have given the matter much careful consideration, and have made such exhaustive investigation of all the circumstances as may be practicable

(e) Must be thoroughly convinced that the conclusion to relieve the commanding officer is one which a reasonable, prudent and experienced officer would regard as a necessary consequence from the facts thus determined to exist.

Intelligent, fearless initiative is an important trait of military character. It is not the purpose of these regulations to discourage its employment in cases of this nature. However, because the action of relieving a senior from command involves most serious possibilities, a decision to do so, or to so recommend, must be based upon facts established by substantial evidence, and upon the official views of others in a position to form valid opinions, especially of a technical character. An officer relieving his commanding officer, or recommending such action, together with all others who so counsel, must bear the legitimate responsibility for, and must be prepared to justify, such action.

Article 15: Responsibility of Command

The responsibility of the commanding officer for his command is absolute, except when, and to the extend to which, he has been relieved therefrom by competent authority, or as provided otherwise in these regulations. While the commanding officer may, at his discretion, and when not contrary to law or regulations, delegate authority to subordinates for the execution of details, such delegation of authority shall in no way relieve the commanding officer of continued responsibility for the safety, well-being and efficiency of the entire command.

A commanding officer who departs from 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 as soon as is practicable the circumstances to the officer from whom the prior orders or instructions were received. Of particular importance is the commanding officer's duty to take all necessary and appropriate action in self-defence of the command.

The commanding officer shall be responsible for economy within his command. To this end the commanding officer shall require from his subordinates a rigid compliance with the regulations governing the receipt, accounting and expenditure of Imperial money and materials, and the implementation of improved management techniques and procedures.

The commanding officer shall keep the executive officer informed of the commanding officer's policies, and normally shall issue all orders relative to the duties of command through the executive officer. Normally, the commanding officer shall require that all communications of an official nature from subordinates to the commanding officer be transmitted through the executive officer.

Article 16: Relieving Procedures

A commanding officer about to be relieved of command will:

(a) Deliver to his relief all unexecuted orders, all regulations and orders in force and all official correspondence and information concerning the command and the personnel thereof as may be in service to the relieving officer. The commanding officer will not remove the original records of official correspondence, original letters, documents or papers concerning the command and personnel thereof, but may retain authenticated copies thereof.

(b) Point out any defects or peculiarities of the command, noting particular deficiencies in safety, operational readiness, training, habitability or material conditions, and account for them to the relieving officer.

(c) At the time of turning over command, the commanding officer to be relieved will call all senior officers and department heads to muster and all hands to stand to, read aloud the orders of detachment and turn over to command to his relief, who will read aloud the orders of relief and assume command.

(d) Deliver all security permissions and other keys relevant to the command in his custody to the relieving officer.

Article 17: Authority Over Passengers

Except as otherwise provided in these regulations or in orders from competent authority, all passengers in a ship are subject to the authority of the commanding officer and shall conform to the internal regulations and routine of the ship.

Article 18: Capture by the Enemy

A person in the Imperial Navy who is captured by the enemy is required to give his name, rank, and service number. Such a person shall evade answering further questions to the utmost of their ability and shall make no oral or written statement disloyal to the Imperium.

When a person in the Imperial Navy is a prisoner of war or otherwise detained by a hostile entity so that circumstances prevent resort to the normal chain of command, a commissioned officer from another Imperial armed service who is not a medical officer is a superior commissioned officer with respect to a person in the Imperial Navy who is junior in rank.

Article 19: Unavoidable Separation from a Command

A person in the Imperial Navy who is separated from his ship, station or unit due to crash, disaster or other unavoidable circumstances shall proceed as soon as possible to the nearest Imperial Navy activity and report to the commanding officer thereof.

Article 20: Continuation of Authority After Loss of Ship

When the crew of any naval vessel are separated from their vessel because of its wreck, loss or destruction, all the command and authority given to the officers of the vessel shall remain in full force until the crew shall be regularly discharged or reassigned by competent authority.

Article 21: Rules Of Engagement

The commanding officer of an Imperial Navy ship may not engage in ship to ship combat under any circumstance except those defined by his Rules of Engagement. Rules of Engagement are issued by the staff of an Admiral of a fleet and passed down the chain of command. They are subject to constant review and change. Where the commanding officer of an Imperial Navy ship is confronted by ambiguous or contradictory Rules of Engagement he should:

(a) Err on the side of caution for his ship's safety

(b) Be prepared to justify his decision before a board of the Admiralty.

Section III: Health and Safety

Article 1: Safety Precautions

The commanding officer shall require that persons concerned are instructed and drilled in all applicable safety precautions and procedures, and that these are complied with. In any instance where safety precautions have not been issued, or are incomplete, the commanding officer shall issue or augment such safety precautions as are deemed necessary, notifying, when appropriate, higher authorities concerned.

Article 2: Dangerous Materials

The commanding officer shall ensure that flammable and other dangerous materials are handled in a safe manner.

Article 3: Rules for Preventing Collisions

All persons in the Imperial Navy responsible for the operation of ships, craft or vehicles shall diligently observe the SPA (Starport Authority) Navigation Rules (commonly called the SPANaR), and local space traffic regulations and directions. In those situations where such rules, regulations and directions are not applicable to naval ships they shall be operated with due regard for the safety of others.

Article 4: Communicable Diseases

All persons in the Imperial Navy shall report promptly to a medical representative, or where no medical officer is readily available, to higher authority, the existence or suspicion of communicable disease in persons with whom they are living or otherwise come in contact.

Persons in the Imperial Navy shall permit such action to be taken to immunise them against disease as is prescribed by competent authority.

Outbreaks within an Imperial Navy command of a communicable disease should be reported to the Office of the Surgeon General.

Article 5: Deaths

The commanding officer, in the event of the death of any person within his command, shall ensure that the cause of death and the circumstances under which death occurred are established and documented. Such documentation is to be submitted as soon as practicable to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the Office of the Chief of Personnel.

Article 6: Casualty and Damage

Immediate after its occurence, the commanding officer shall submit a detailed report of the facts to the senior officer present when:

(a) A ship under his command has a collision or other serious accident.

(b) A subcraft under his command is involved in an accident which necessitates extensive repairs, or otherwise requires review or action by higher authority.

(c) An installation under his command incurs a serious fire or other material casualty, or a serious personnel casualty occurs within the command.

The senior officer shall make a report of the incident to the Space Safety Board of the Admiralty.

Section IV: Security

Article 1: Physical Security

The commanding officer shall take appropriate action to safeguard personnel, to prevent unauthorised access to installations, equipment, material and documents, and to safeguard them against acts of espionage, sabotage, damage, theft and terrorism.

The commanding officer shall not permit a ship or base under his command to be searched on any pretence whatsoever by any person representing a foreign state, nor permit any of the personnel under the confines of his command to be removed from the command by any such person, so long as he has the capacity to repel such act. If force should be exerted to compel submission, the commanding officer is to resist that force to the utmost of his power.

Article 2: Rules for Visits

Commanding officers are responsible for the control of visitors to their commands and shall comply with the relevant provisions of the Admiralty concerning classified information and physical security.

Commanding officers shall take such measures and impose such restrictions on visitors as are necessary to safeguard the classified material under their jurisdiction. Arrangements for general visiting shall always be made with due regard for physical security and based on the assumption that foreign agents may be among the visitors.

Commanding officers and others officially concerned shall exercise reasonable care to safeguard the persons and property of visitors as well as taking those necessary precautions to safeguard the persons and property within the command.

Article 3: Unauthorised Persons on Board

The commanding officer shall satisfy himself that there are no unauthorised persons on board before commencing a voyage.

Article 4: Security of Magazines

The commanding officer shall be the custodian of all Security Permissions relating to spaces and receptacles containing projectiles, explosives and radioactive materials. He may designate such persons under his command to have custody of duplicate Security Permissions as he considers necessary. He will prescribe conditions under which those persons may grant access to such spaces, but otherwise those spaces shall not be opened without the consent of the commanding officer.

Article 5: Possession of Weapons

Except as may be necessary to the proper performance of his duty or as may be authorised by proper authority, no person in the Imperial Navy shall have in his possession any dangerous weapon, instrument or device, or any highly explosive article or compound on board a ship, craft or vehicle, or within any base or other place under naval jurisdiction.

Article 6: Treatment of Prisoners

Persons in confinement shall be in the custody of a person designated by the commanding officer, referred to as the custody officer even if not a commissioned officer. The custody officer shall be responsible for the care and physical well-being of the confined persons. In case of fire or other sudden danger the custody officer shall remove the confined persons to a place of safety or release the confined persons from their confinement.

Persons in confinement shall not be subjected to cruel or unusual treatment. They shall be visited as necessary, but at least once every four hours to ascertain their condition, and to care, as may be appropriate, for their needs.

Article 7: Restraints

Instruments of restraint, such as handcuffs, chains, irons and straitjackets, shall not be applied as punishment. They may not be used except for safe custody and no longer than is strictly necessary under the following circumstances:

(a) As a precaution against escape during the transfer of a person in custody or confinement.

(b) On medical grounds by direction of the medical officer.

Section V: Other Considerations

Article 1: Official Logs

Each ship in the Imperial Navy shall maintain a Bridge Log, an Engineering Log, and a Medical Log. These logs shall constitute an official record of the command. Larger ships are encouraged to maintain additional logs, called Deck Logs, for each functional area.

Article 2: Inspections

The commanding officer shall hold periodic inspections of the material condition of the command to determine deficiencies and cleanliness. When the size of the command precludes completion of the inspection is a reasonable time, the commanding officer shall designate zones to be inspected by heads of departments or other responsible officers, and shall personally inspect at least one zone, alternating zones in order that the commanding officer inspects the entire command at minimum intervals.

The commanding officer shall ensure that, consistent with their employment, the personnel of the command present at all times a neat, clean and military appearance.

The commanding officer shall require a daily report of all persons confined, a statement of their offenses, and the dates of their confinement and release.

The presence of all persons attached to the command shall be accounted for daily. Persons who have not been sighted by a responsible senior shall be reported absent.

Article 3: Action With The Enemy

The commanding officer shall:

(a) Before going into battle or action communicate to the officers of the command, if possible, his plans for battle or action and such other information as may be of operational value should any of them succeed to command.

(b) During action, engage the enemy to the best of his ability. He shall not, without permission, break off action to assist a disabled ship or take possession of a captured one.

(c) Immediately after a battle or action, repair damage so far as possible, exert every effort to prepare the command for further service, and make accurate, explicit and detailed reports as required.

Article 4: Defending a Ship

No Imperial Navy ship be permitted to fall into enemy hands. The ship shall be defended by her armament, by maneuver, and by every available means as long as possible. When, in the judgment of the ship's Captain, capture is inevitable, provision should be made to scuttle the ship.

Article 5: Loss of a Ship

In the case of the loss of a ship the commanding officer shall:

(a) Make every effort to save the official logs, and other valuable documents, of the command.

(b) Take all possible precautions to protect the survivors and such Imperial property as has been saved.

(c) Report to the nearest Imperial naval or military command and request instructions and such assistance as is required.

(d) Report the circumstances to the Admiral of the relevant Fleet Command.

Article 6: Captured Material

On taking possession of any enemy ship, craft, installation, or other property or equipment, the commanding officer shall:

(a) Adopt all possible measures to prevent recapture.

(b) Secure or remove enemy personnel.

(c) Secure and preserve the logs, journals, signal books, codes and ciphers, charts, maps, orders, instructions, blueprints, plans, diaries, letters and other documents found, and forward or delivery them at the earliest possible moment to the designated authority.

No captured enemy property, of whatever description, may be kept as a souvenir or for personal use.

Article 7: Special Prisoners

Some prisoners of the Imperium may be considered to pose an extraordinary risk. Such risk may be of an extreme violent nature, due to exceptional strength, due to psionics or special abilities, or be for any other reason. Such prisoners may be confined to special facilities run by naval personnel and are exempt from Section 4 Article 6 and Section 4 Article 7.

Article 8: Irregular Operations

From time to time a Fleet Admiral or higher may create a unit for irregular and unusual tasks. Such tasks may include covert intelligence operations or other activities for which the normal behaviour expected from naval personnel might be inappropriate. As such the designating Admiral may, at his discretion, waive any general regulation from applying to such personnel and may permit them to act in a generally insubordinate manor outside their immediate chain of command. While one feature of an irregular operations unit is 'plausable deniability' on covert missions, the designating Admiral shall be accountable for the unit's actions.

Article 9: The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service

Upon the declaration of war or when the Emperor directs, the IISS (Imperial Interstellar Scout Service) shall operate as a service in the Imperial Navy, and shall be subject to the orders of the Admiralty and the relevant High Command. While so operating as a service in the Imperial Navy, and to the extent practicable, IISS operations shall be integrated and uniform with Navy operations.

Whenever the IISS operates as a service in the Navy:

(a) Applicable appropriations of the IISS to cover expenses shall be available for transfer to the Admiralty and supplemented, as required, from applicable appropriations of the Admiralty.

(b) Personnel of the IISS shall be eligible to receive gratuities, medals and other insignia of honour on the same basis as personnel in the Imperial Navy or serving in any capacity with the Navy.

(c) To the extent practicable, IISS personnel, ships, craft, vehicles and facilities will be utilised as organised IISS units.



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