Regulations for the government of the United States Navy (1865)

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Section 3.

Fleet Captain.

319 The Fleet Captain is to assist the Commander in-Chief in the various details and arrangements for the management of the fleet or squadron, and for maintaining it in the most efficient condition; and, to this end, he is to be embarked on board the same vessel with the Commander-in-Chief, and subject only to his orders and directions.

320 He shall keep a journal of the proceedings of the fleet or squadron, noting in general terms every circumstance of importance that may pass under his observation.

321 He shall also keep a register of all orders issued by the Commander-in-Chief, or by his authority, and of all signals that may be made in the fleet or squadron, noting the day and hour when the former were received or transmitted, and when the latter were made. (See forms Nos. 5 and 6, appendix.)

322 He shall take care when officers are called on board to receive verbal orders, that they note in an order book, which they must bring for that, purpose, the substance of the order given.

323 He will immediately report to the Commander-in-Chief any neglect or disobedience of the orders of the Commander-in-Chief.

324 In order to expedite the administrative duties of a fleet or squadron, the following reports, returns, &c, will be transmitted by commanding officers to the Commander-in Chief, through the Fleet Captain, who, after examination and endorsing them with such remarks as may appear to him expedient, will place them before the Commander-in-Chief for his information, and, if necessary, for his action or decision, Reports of state and condition of ship; reports of defects ; applications for refitting or repairs; requisitions for money, stores or provisions; all periodical returns; applications for leave, transfer, or discharge; applications for surveys; and, in general, all reports connected with the equipment, efficiency, and state of the vessels. All reports of the operation of their commands, the execution of their orders, or of the discipline of their vessels, commanding officers will transmit direct to the Commander-in-Chief.

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