We got a tip last week in the newsroom that the U.S. Navy, in some way, shape or form, was implementing some sort of new drinking policy for its service members.
Vague, yes. So in an effort to get to the bottom of the story, Ed Friedrich, our military and transportation reporter, made some calls to local public affairs officers. None of them had heard of any such “policy,” being implemented.
I revisited the tipster, who said it had something to do with “0-0-1-3.” And then I consulted Google.
Turns out “0-0-1-3” is not relatively new. I found the “Penny
Press,” the newsletter of the USS Abraham Lincoln. And in its March
20, 2009 newsletter — about one month before the Lincoln headed
across Puget Sound to Bremerton for maintenance — they talk of this
“alcohol use philosophy.”