US Navy Restricts Travel to France in Wake of Attacks

Bullet holes mark the front window of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, on Nov.14, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Bullet holes mark the front window of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, on Nov.14, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

NAPLES, Italy -- Citing “known and unknown threats,” the U.S. Navy has announced restrictions to unofficial travel in France following the recent attacks in Paris. Sailors, civilians and contractors assigned to commands in Europe, Africa and Bahrain are prohibited from traveling to France for leave or liberty through Nov. 27, according to instructions sent by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa on Saturday. Travel to Paris and a 50-kilometer radius around the city is prohibited through Dec. 4. Official travel to the country must be approved by a flag officer through the same date. Additionally, service members are prohibited from wearing their uniforms while commuting to work through the same date, according to the new rules. As the four-star component command for Navy operations in the region, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa is able to release its own security guidance to personnel. It wasn’t immediately clear if joint combatant commands, such as U.S. European Command or U.S. Africa Command, were considering similar restrictions. The command was working to verify that Defense Department personnel were safe and accounted for. The command said there were no indications that military members were snared in the attack. U.S. Army Europe asked its commanders on Saturday to account for all their personnel in the wake of the Friday terror attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people. The Army also is assessing whether additional force-protections measures are required, the service stated.

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