however, the items enclosed in quotation marks remain
the same on every report.
First, the abbreviated name of the controlling
custodian of the aircraft that is being reported is
entered. The next item is the word "XRAY." The third
part of this line is the abbreviated name of the reporting
custodian and detachment number, if applicable, of the
aircraft that is being reported. Next, the serial number
of the OPNAV XRAY message is entered. The report
symbol follows the serial number. A typical subject line
would read as shown below.
SUBJ: LANT XRAY VP-5 099 5442-1
Item ABureau Number (BUNO). The BUNO
of the aircraft that is being reported is entered here. This
is important because the BUNO is the only single
identification that is different for every aircraft in the
Navy, regardless of type or model. The CNO maintains
and controls the master BUNO register.
Item BPermanent Unit Code (PUC). The
six-digit PUC that identifies the reporting custodian of
the aircraft that is being reported is entered here. Each
reporting custodian of aircraft has been assigned a PUC
by the CNO, or, in the case of detachments, by the
Item CDate of Action. The day, month, and
year the action occurred is reported here. The day,
month, and year is expressed as a six-digit number. For
example, 21 March 1998 would be reported as 032198.
Item DAction Code. The Action code is a
one-digit code that describes the particular action being
reported. Action codes used for reporting a change in
either reporting or controlling custody are A, F, G, R,
and Y. Action codes used for reporting a change in
status are E, H, L, M, S, and X. Permissible Action
codes are shown in table 7-2. Permissible Action
code/Status code combinations can be found in
Item EStatus Code. Reported under item E is
the new Status code of the aircraft. If the action being
reported does not involve a change in status, the current
applicable Status code is entered. A Status code
describes the condition of the aircraft. A complete list
of authorized Status codes is shown in Table 7-3.
Item FModel Designation. The complete
model designation of the aircraft being reported is
entered here; for example, A-4E, F-14C and F/A-18D.
Item GPeriod Number. The period number
represents the period in which the aircraft is serving (or
last served, if not currently operating). The period num-
ber changes only when an aircraft begins a new operat-
ing period after standard rework or new production.
Item HPeriod End Date (PED). This element
of information is related to item G above in that PED
represents the date at which the period indicated in that
item is scheduled to be (or was) completed. The period
commences when the aircraft is first reported in status
Axx following acceptance or rework. The month in
which an aircraft is received from Naval Air Systems
Command Fleet Support (NAVAIRSYSCOM FS)
custody is counted as NO month in regard to operating
period. The month in which an aircraft is predicted to
return to NAVAIRSYSCOM FS custody is counted as
1 month. For example, an aircraft with an operating
period of 24 months is received into an operating
command from NAVAIRSYSCOM FS custody in June
1997. The predicted PED for this aircraft is June 1999.
If extensions are granted on the service or period of an
aircraft, the PED is not changed. A PED computation
chart is shown in table 7-4.
NOTE: The xx in above Status code stands for two
digits that can further define the code.
Item IExtension Number. The number in this
item pertains to extensions of the current tour or period
only. Extensions granted on second or subsequent
periods are renumbered. Extensions granted on second
or subsequent periods have extension numbers that
start with the number 01 in each period. Action code X
is used to describe the initiation of extensions.
Item JStrike/Damage Code. If the action that is
being reported involves the strike or damage of aircraft,
the four-character Strike/Damage Code that describes
the circumstance is entered in item J.
NOTE: Strike is the official action that removes an
aircraft from the list of Navy aircraft. See table 7-5 for
Strike and Damage Codes.
discussed in the following paragraphs.
Categories 1 through 4 are used to describe the
main reasons for which an aircraft can be stricken.
Category 5 is used for substantially damaged aircraft
that are repairable. Each category requires separate
administrative procedures. These categories are
Category 1Damage. An aircraft is stricken in
category 1 if the aircraft is lost or if the aircraft is
damaged to such an extent that its restoration to
serviceability would be uneconomica 1 or militarily
impractical. This category is the one most often used by