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The Navy Office of Information, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa have worked with Naval Information Warfare Systems Command to develop a portal on the SPAWAR Acquisition Integrated Logistics Online Repository (SAILOR) (SPAWAR) system. SAILOR VI/PA is a program designed to help units meet the requirements set forth by the Secretary of Defense and Navy OPTASK Visual Information (VI) policies.

SAILOR VI/PA meets the requirement for a digital transport system and transmission bandwidth policy for all VI needs for afloat units, Maritime Operations Centers (MOC), Component level (USN and USMC public affairs headquarters) as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense to transmit and access files.

In accordance with Fleet OPTASK VI instructions, SAILOR VI/PA is the preferred method of transferring OPTASK VI files from afloat networks. Units without SAILOR VI/PA may use alternate systems such as AMRDEC SAFE or email in accordance with the OPTASK VI instruction.

OSD-PA VI Style Guide

VI products support multiple DoD and U.S. Government missions as strategic information resources and historic evidentiary records of the actions and activities of the Department. For this reason, VI products must comply with the attribution and metadata requirements established in Enclosures 5 through 8 of Reference (a) and the VISG. This edition of the VISG has been approved by the VI Editorial Board and contains the most current method of writing captions and recording metadata associated with VI products, and also applies to written products, including news articles and press releases.

The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook is the primary reference for writing effective captions. The VISG adheres to the tenets of spelling, grammar, punctuation and general style outlined by AP. This publication supplements AP and pertains to DoD-specific issues not addressed, such as military terms describing service members, equipment, places and entities. The VISG also provides instruction on providing metadata, submitting imagery for archiving, imagery ethics, and a host of other subjects.

VIPER Manual

Is a how-to guide that covers the following sections:

  • What is OPTASK VI?
  • What are unsafe & unprofessional interactions?
  • Positional descriptions
  • VI Products & Reports
  • Transmitting products
  • Video Settings
  • Photo Settings
  • Checklists