VI Shipboard Operations Guidance
Understand the roles and processes for visual information shipboard operations.
Navy MC's support a variety of visual information (VI) responsibilities when they are assigned to a ship. OPTASK VI are no-fail missions to visually document key moments of unsafe, unprofessional or abnormal interactions by vessels and/or aircraft of other nations against U.S. assets. The imagery products provide higher headquarters with a full narrative to inform operational decision-making, intelligence analysis, and, if released, public consumption via media outlets. If released, these products provide external audiences with enough information to communicate an accurate and timely account of what transpired and win the battle of the narrative. It is critical that you do not miss capturing the imagery because you will not get another chance.
Visual information personnel (VIPER) teams provide documentation of these interactions, according to a prescribed set of timelines, to higher headquarters for potential public release.
You may also be assigned to a Ship’s Nautical Or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination (SNOOPIE) event when an unknown contact comes within visual range. Still and motion imagery of these contacts helps identify the contact and inform the Tactical Action Officer, Intelligence Officer and Commanding Officer of a contact's weaponry and posture. Be prepared to respond quickly and know your role when these events happen.
Use this checklist when deployed on a VI shipboard operation to familiarize yourself with ship communication, protocols and responsibilities. Understand the operational environment and be prepared to respond when potentially unsafe, unprofessional or abnormal situations develop so you can capture the lead up and the actual event.
In a SNOOPIE event, follow these guidelines.