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The Navy is replacing its online system with one that should offer sailors better security and improved productivity. The changeover to the new Microsoft Office 365 system will begin June 1 for some 266,000 sailors and Marines.

The Navy hopes to give access to the new system, known as Flank Speed, to roughly 472,000 users by October. The current system will no longer be functional.

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The first users will soon receive details in emails, which will explain how to get ready for and gain access to Flank Speed. New users will get both the time and adequate instructions they will need in order to familiarize themselves with the changeover, as well as an enablement date, the Navy stated.

Additional details from the Navy on the Flank Speed transition:

June 1 marks the date for the first set of users to gain access to Flank Speed. At that time, selected users will receive the keys to this higher-octane, more secure cloud powered by M365.

​From Day One, Flank Speed users will have access to Teams, one terabyte (1TB) of OneDrive storage, and access to the full productivity suite from M365 to include Excel, Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint. Users will also retain access to old CVR accounts until it shuts down on June 15, and NMCI O365 until it reaches its end of life later this fiscal year. As network performance supports, every Navy employee will have access to the Flank Speed cloud.

A secure cloud environment built on the advanced security principles of zero trust, supporting unclassified systems and operating at security Impact Level 5 (IL-5), to accommodate data at the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) level

Ability to download data using Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) with VPN connection

​​Ability to access Flank Speed M365 tools from the Internet using personal and GFE laptops with CAC-authentication