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Philippine Sea - May 2020: An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Warlords of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 prepares to land aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during flight deck landing qualifications. (Navy photo by MCS 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino).

The Navy is taking steps to ensure that high-priority sea duty units are properly staffed when permanent-change-of-station (PCS) moves resume. The halt in PCS moves, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, has had an impact on 42,000 sailors and officers awaiting transfer.

“We will use every option available to maintain fleet readiness and will prioritize all PCS moves based on the impacts to readiness rather than solely on a sailor’s projected rotation date for those transferring,” said Capt. Derek Trinque, director of the Career Management Department at Navy Personnel Command (NPC).

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Special Operations Forces, Forward Deployed Naval Forces and Optimized Fleet Response Plan units are considered high priority.

The effort also will take steps to ensure that new officers and enlisteds can report to their fleet units in a timely manner.

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