It is incumbent on all of us to adhere to the CDC and NAVSEA guidelines for wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Please make sure you are doing your part to keep yourself and your co-workers healthy by following the CDC guidelines.

                                                                                 ​~ NAVSEA Executive Director, Mr. Jim Smerchansky

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Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Navy departments around the world are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected  internationally. On this website you can find information and guidance from NAVSEA Leadership.


“Coronavirus” is a generic term used to talk about a family of viruses that are passed from animals to humans. There are a total of seven known coronaviruses, including COVID-19 which is the one we’re dealing with now.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.”


It started in Wuhan, China. Scientists believe it started at a market that sold both live and dead animals.


It’s spread like the cold and flu via “respiratory droplets” (sneezes, coughing, exhaling). People may come into contact with these droplets and either inhale them or transfer them to their mouth, eyes, or nose.


They are a lot like the cold and flu – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can start between 2 and 14 days after exposure. COVID-19 seems to focus on the respiratory system and can result in pneumonia and other issues which makes this more severe than a cold or flu.


Older people with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory issues seem to be the most impacted.


This information is changing rapidly, please pay attention to local news for the most up-to-date information in your area. All states have reported cases of COVID-19, the CDC website has a map with this information.


Not at this time, but according to the WHO, “Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.”

Yes, follow your local and government news.



DISA completed a contract for the Anti-virus for Home Use program.  The URL for Home use Anti-virus is:


If you need a collaboration site that doesn’t require VPN, recommend the use of MilSuite.


  1.   Gov personnel may NOT procure, download, and use collaboration tools or services
  2.   Govt personnel may NOT task a contractor to procure any collaboration tools or services on behalf of the Govt
  3.   Govt personnel may NOT direct a CTR to use the CTR’s collaboration tools or services to host meetings for the Govt
  4.   If an industry partner hosts a meeting using commercial collaboration tools, Govt personnel may participate, if able to access tool via NMCI.  FLTCYBERCOM will not open up ports to enable use or permit download of the capability.  When participating in a voice call, VTC, chat session, or in a collaboration activity, personnel are reminded that CTR tools are NOT FEDRAMP approved and do not have an ATO; do not discuss or pass sensitive information (FOUO PII, PHI, CTU/CUI, etc.) during these meetings.


With many of us teleworking, it’s critical that we continue to practice proper cyber hygiene to ensure we do not open ourselves and the Navy’s networks to attack. Here is a quick list of “Do” and “Don’ts:”

- DO REBOOT your machines PRIOR to connecting to the VPN
- DO NOT use Social Media to post about your work scenarios/situation, how you are connected or any of our capacity, capabilities or limitations
- DO NOT stand up your own commercial collaboration capabilities (Zoom, Slack, WEBEX, etc.)  
- DO NOT open unknown attachments while teleworking.
- DO NOT browse the internet while connected via the VPN unless required.
- DO NOT connect thumb drives to your computer.  USCYBERCOM is detecting a spike in unauthorized USB connections into machines connecting remotely. This WILL DISABLE your machine until it is analyzed.  This impacts operations and creates extra work for our service desk. 


  • STAY INFORMED – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (
  • REMEMBER TO TAKE EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
        » Avoid close contact with sick people.
        » While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
        » Stay home if you are sick.
        » Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
        » Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
        » Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
        » Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent  travel and your symptoms.


  • We are encouraging people who are not feeling well to stay home and seek medical treatment if they have symptoms similar to COVID-19.
  • We are encouraging people to become telework ready should they be required to stay home for an extended period of time.
  • At Headquarters, we are adding hand sanitizers to our buildings and bringing in additional cleaning services and supplies so people can wipe down their work spaces.  Other organizations are doing the same.
  • At Headquarters, cloth face masks covering both the nose and mouth are required for all who enter. Personnel may remove facial coverings while working inside a private office, cubical, or workspace where at least six feet of physical distance is strictly maintained. Face coverings must be worn in all common spaces. 

On 8 MAR 20, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness sent out civilian personnel guidance tied to COVID-19. NAVSEA will continue to align with higher headquarters in how we approach preparing for and responding to COVID-19. With that in mind, here is some general guidance:


All employees who are telework-ready should be prepared to telework should their worksite close – this is a Continuity of Operations (COOP) requirement.

  • All NAVSEA telework-ready employees are required to take their laptop home every day.
  • All NAVSEA telework-eligible employees are strongly encouraged to sign telework agreements. 
  • NAVSEA employees may sign situational (ad hoc) telework agreements that will only be in place during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
  • NAVSEA is requiring supervisors to be as flexible as possible with employees who may have child or eldercare responsibilities.
  • NAVSEA is encouraging alternative work schedules and times to help mitigate overwhelming NMCI in the case of COOP or mass-telework – more on that later.
  • Should NAVSEA exercise its COOP, and/or if offices close, telework-ready employees will be required to telework. 

In the event that there is a declared pandemic health crisis then all employees can be ordered to work from home or an alternative work location without regard to whether the employee has a telework agreement in place. 


  • NAVSEA directs the cancellation of all non-mission essential travel for the next 60 days.  
  • All travel will be approved by PEOs, Directorate Heads or Deputy Directors at HQ and by Commanding Officers, Executive Officers, Technical Directors or Head Civilian for field activities.
    ​      » Approvers of travel will use best judgment regarding whether or not it is mission essential and will closely scrutinize travel to areas impacted by COVID-19, for example: PACNORWEST. 
  • All travel in support of conferences is cancelled (local participation to conferences is authorized).
    ​      » This does NOT mean we’re cancelling training or conferences, just not allowing people to travel to them. 
  • Supervisors are to work with employees returning from overseas travel (both official and personal) over the next 60 days to ensure the safety and well-being of the team and have authority to allow for extended telework or leave if it is deemed appropriate.  
  • Use VTC and other means of communication to the greatest extent possible

COVID-19 News

NSWC Crane provides thermal imaging solution to area hospital during coronavirus pandemic
– Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is providing its sensor agnostic thermal imaging system to Greene County General Hospital (GCGH) to screen incoming staff and patients for fever, a symptom of COVID-19. NSWC Crane has licensed the technology to GCGH and will loan and set up the necessary equipment for a trial run at GCGH as part of a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
Sept. 22, 2020 - CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is providing its sensor

EDP Highlight: Cadre 9’s Progress – Team Tattoo
Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Executive Development Program (EDP) Cadre 9 team members General Arrangements Branch (Code 254) Naval Architect Rachel Yarasavich, Code 105.2 Radiological Engineer Sasha Norfleet, and Code 361 Nuclear Zone Manager Aaron Jarman toured the production shops with Code 300 Operations Officers Capt. Michael Oberdorf to see the equipment readily available at America's Shipyard.
Sept. 15, 2020 - 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for many. When COVID-19 hit the United States, Norfolk Naval

More Hands Make Less Work: How SurgeMain Assembled Reservists to Support Norfolk Naval Shipyard's Civilian Workforce and Fulfill the Mission
Sept. 9, 2020 - Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) mission is to support the United States Navy by fixing ships and

Shop 17 Helps to Shield NNSY Against the Dangers of COVID-19 by Installing Personnel Guards
Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Nuclear Sheetmetal Shop (Shop 17) has installed over 6,000 feet of personnel guards to aid in the fight against COVID-19. The team spearheading this effort is composed of Sheetmetal Mechanics Matt Legg, Thomas Deller, Brian Nipper, Steven Myers, and Monica Cooper.
Sept. 8, 2020 - In early 2020, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), along with the rest of the country, found itself

COVID Communication: Shipyard Sign Shop produces pandemic response products
Employees assigned to Shop 71, Sign Shop, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility work to produce signs as part of the shipyard's COVID-19 response and education efforts.
Aug. 26, 2020 - The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Sign Shop has played an important

PSNS & IMF installs body temperature detectors at gates to bolster worker protection from COVID-19
Julie Holter, left, Code 308 facility manager representative, assists Trevor Cox, right, Code 2340 nuclear chief test engineer, while he checks his temperature using a newly-installed SafeCheck infrared body temperature detector Aug. 25, 2020 inside the Decatur Gate at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington.
Aug. 26, 2020 - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility has completed installing stand-alone


Civilian Employee Assistance Program (CEAP):  If you are feeling down, stressed, anxietous, scared; CEAP services are available 24/7 to you and your family, and they are free and anonymous.  Call 1-844-366-2327
(TTY: 1-888-262-7848/International:
1-866-829-0270), or visit

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