AVAILABILITY OF MARINE CORPS INTERIM PUBLICATION (MCIP) 3-33.04, VISIT, BOARD, SEARCH AND SEIZURE (VBSS) OPERATIONS

Date Signed: 3/06/2014
MARADMINS Active Number: 094/14

R 052228Z MAR 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 094/14
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CDI//
SUBJ/AVAILABILITY OF MARINE CORPS INTERIM PUBLICATION (MCIP) 3-33.04, VISIT, BOARD, SEARCH AND SEIZURE (VBSS) OPERATIONS//
REF/A/DOC/ARD/17JUL12//
AMPN/REFERENCE (REF) A, MARINE CORPS ORDER 5600.31A, IS MARINE CORPS PUBLICATIONS AND PRINTING REGULATIONS//
POC/MR. J. A. BASS/CIV/CD&I, CDD, MID/TEL DSN 278-3616/COML (703)784-3616/EMAIL:  JOHN.BASS(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/RMKS/1.  THE DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR COMBAT DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION HAS PUBLISHED MCIP 3-33.04 "VISIT, BOARD, SEARCH AND SEIZURE OPERATIONS";  DATED NOVEMBER 2013.  MCIP 3-33.04 IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD VIA THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS DOCTRINE WEBSITE AT HTTPS:  (SLASHSLASH)WWW.DOCTRINE.USMC.MIL.
2.  BACKGROUND.
(A) MCIP 3-33.04 PROVIDES TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CONDUCT OF UNILATERAL, JOINT AND MULTINATIONAL OPERATIONS IN THE CONDUCT OF COMPLIANT, NONCOMPLIANT, AND OPPOSED BOARDINGS OF MARITIME VESSELS.  VBSS OPERATIONS DESCRIBES BOARDING ACTIONS AND TACTICS DESIGNED TO CAPTURE ENEMY VESSELS;  COMBAT TERRORISM, PIRACY, AND SMUGGLING;  AND CONDUCT CUSTOMS, SAFETY, AND OTHER INPSPECTIONS.
(B) THIS INTERIM PUBLICATION IS FOR COMMANDERS, STAFFS, AND PLANNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF VBSS OPERATIONS.
(C) TOPICS COVERED IN THIS PUBLICATION INCLUDE:   MARITIME INTERCEPTION OPERATIONS, EXPANDED MARITIME INTERCEPTION OPERATIONS, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION INTERCEPTION, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, BOARDING TEAM ORGANIZATION, COMPLIANT AND NONCOMPLIANT BOARDINGS, APHIBIOUS READY GROUP/MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT OPPOSED BOARDINGS AND APPENDICES ON SEARCH PROCEDURES, BOARDING TEAM EQUIPMENT, AND CHECKLISTS TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF DETAILED UNIT STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURES.
3.  COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS.  REF A DETAILS STEPS REQUIRED TO REQUEST PUBLICATION HARD COPIES, HOWEVER, THIS PUBLICATION WILL BE DISSEMINATED VIA ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION ONLY UNLESS COMMANDERS SUBMIT COMPELLING NEEDS JUSTIFICATION FOR PRINTED COPIES.  UNITS REQUIRING PRINT ALLOCATIONS MUST FOLLOW PROCEDURES IDENTIFIED IN REF (A), PARAGRAPH 4A (2).  FOR MARINE CORPS PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES, THE PUBLICATION CONTROL NUMBER IS 146 0000 2000.
4.  THIS MARADMIN IS APPLICABLE TO MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE.
5.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL K. J. GLUECK JR., DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR COMBAT DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION.//