The US Navy has issued new standardised operational guidance that lays out the minimum actions required for units to deploy safely amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Across the naval fleet, deploying units have already developed effective procedures for the restriction of movement, isolation or quarantine periods.

The procedures were coordinated with the Navy Bureau of Medicine, ensuring standardisation across the force.

US Navy operations chief in charge vice-admiral Phillip Sawyer said: “Our forces continue to operate forward every day, the impact of Covid-19 on the global community only heightens the critical role our navy plays in maintaining security and stability at sea.

“As we learn more about this virus, the navy will continue to take steps necessary to preserve our operational readiness while protecting the health of our forces.”

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