At Sea Policy

The U.S. Navy has implemented an At Sea Policy to guide compliance with environmental requirements in the conduct of naval exercises and training at sea. The policy requires that training exercises and testing at sea be reviewed for environmental compliance and potential effects on marine mammals and other marine life. Guidance and protective measures, which may be geared to a specific geographic area and date(s) of an exercise, are developed and transmitted to fleet operators as an integral part of fleet exercise planning. The policy states that the Navy shall comply with all applicable statutes, regulations and executive orders and will strive to protect the environment, prevent pollution, and protect natural, historic, and cultural resources.

Compliance with Environmental Requirements in the Conduct of Naval Exercises or Training At Sea