- COMMUNICATIONS INSTRUCTIONS
REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS (CIRVIS)
- 5.1. Subject and Purpose. This report
provides vital information to the security of the United States and Canada
which, in the opinion of the observer, requires very urgent defensive action
or investigation by the US and or Canadian Armed Forces.
- 5.2. Reference Materials. Joint Army,
Navy, Air Force Publication (JANAP 146).
- 5.3. Submitted By: Any Air Force personnel.
- 5.4. Submitted To:
- Airborne reports: US or Canadian military
or civilian communications facility. Post-landing reports: Commander in
Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Cheyenne Mt, Colorado,
or HQ Northern NORAD Region, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, whichever is more
convenient. If landing outside Canadian or US territories, submit reports
through the nearest US or Canadian military or diplomatic representative.
- 5.5. When Submitted. As soon as possible
after the intelligence sighting.
- 5.6. How Submitted. Reports are normally
UNCLASSIFIED but handled as For Official Use Only.
- 5.6.1. Use the most rapid means of transmission
available. For airborne reports use the same procedures as for air traffic
control. When pilots cannot establish contact with a ground station, make
maximum effort to relay the report via other aircraft.
- 5.6.2. To avoid delays while airborne,
repeat the word CIRVIS three times before the message to preempt all other
communications (except distress and urgency). If this fails to clear the
frequencies, use the International Urgency Signal "PAN" spoken
three times. For the ground relay of airborne reports or post-landing reports,
use FLASH precedence.
- 5.6.3. Transmit during MINIMIZE.
- 5.6.4. Use the ESC C1 designator- Continue
- 5.7. Reporting Instructions:
- 5.7.1. Facilities receiving CIRVIS reports
will rapidly process and forward them as prescribed by JANAP 146.
- 5.7.2. Report all unidentifiable, suspicious,
or hostile traffic (land, aerospace, or seaborne) which, because of its
nature, course, or actions, considered a threat to the security of the
United States or Canada. Such reporting extends the early warning defense
system for the United States and Canada. There are five types of CIRVIS
- Issue initial CIRVIS reports while airborne
(or as warranted, upon landing). Issue post-landing CIRVIS reports if airborne
reports made. Issue followup CIRVIS reports by anyone with additional information
about an earlier report (refer to the initial report). Issue cancellation
CIRVIS reports once sightings are positively identified as friendly or
determined it was erroneously reported. Submit evaluation CIRVIS reports
to each addressee of the above CIRVIS reports. Promptly submit evaluation
reports to keep all interested parties fully informed.
- 5.7.3. Report the following specific
- Hostile or unidentified aircraft which
appears directed against the United States, Canada, or their forces. Missiles.
Unidentified flying objects. Hostile or unidentified military surface vessels
or submarines. Any other individual surface vessels, submarines, or aircraft
of unconventional design engaged in suspicious activity, observed in an
unusual location, or on a course which may threaten the United States,
Canada, or their forces. Any unexplained or unusual activity which may
indicate a possible attack against or through Canada or the United States
(includes the presence of any unidentified or suspicious ground parties
in remote or sparsely populated areas, including the polar region). Unlisted
airfields, facilities, weather stations, or air navigation aids.
- 5.7.4. Make every effort to document
sightings with as many photographs as possible. Send undeveloped film or
prints and negatives, with a brief written report and other identifying
information to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy,
Washington, DC 20305. The Department of the Navy will process the film
and return one copy of each print and a roll of new film to the individual.
- 5.7.5. Use figure 5.1. to gather and
report specific sighting details.