Posted by: arbeam | July 22, 2013

9-Digit ZIP Codes Mandatory for FPOs

GULF OF OMAN (June 29, 2013) Sailors sort mail aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet

GULF OF OMAN (June 29, 2013) Sailors sort mail aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — Effective immediately, family, friends, and businesses sending mail to Navy mobile units must use a nine-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery, according to an ALNAV message released July 12 by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Mail not addressed correctly, including mail already en route, will be returned to the sender as undeliverable.

“Every mobile unit – ships, squadrons, detachments, et cetera – has a unique nine-digit ZIP code,” said Naval Supply Systems Command Postal Policy Division Director Thomas Rittle. “Commanding officers will provide the correct ZIP codes to Sailors so they can notify their correspondents about the new address requirement.”

According to the message, “The United States Postal Service (USPS) is resizing military mail processing operations from two coastal locations to one located in Chicago, Ill. to gain efficiencies in military mail delivery. As part of this effort, new procedures affecting configuration of mobile Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses have been implemented to completely leverage automated mail sorting equipment and reduce manual sorting workload.”

USPS automated equipment is set up to read the nine-digit ZIP code separated with a dash between the first five digits and the last four digits. The nine-digit ZIP code is required for all classes of mail.

US Navy Ship Zip Codes

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/lists/ship-fpo.asp

 Navy News article

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