Lens of History (47?)The Mysterious Shipgirl, Part II

STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Tautog
Format: Message, Personal Object
Object: Collection, Personal Correspondences of New Jersey
Location (if known): STEC Archives
Time (if known): REDACTED

From: Maury (United States Shipgirl)
Cc: New Jersey (United States Shipgirl), cic_STEC@[redacted]
To: MAILIST-SERV – “STEC_shipgirls_all”, MAILIST-SERV – “Visiting Shipgirls”, MAILIST-SERV – “Naval Base Avalon, fairies”
Subject: Some clarification on recent costuming advisories…

Dear all, 

Due to several notable incidents all occurring at, or near the same time, I thought to write to everyone to clarify a little about what I was told.

Long email, so apologies for the typos

  1. Costumes are not banned, contrary to initial impressions and over-reactions. Admiral Yin feels that the current pre-deployment regulatory checks are more than sufficient in regards to combat prowess, and so unless your request gets disapproved (my understanding is that the approval of costumes fashioned from cardboard boxes were preliminary, contingent on pending performance rather than a regular occurrence) it’s definitely okay on anything but sorties without further documentation or reporting.
  2. However, for STEC archival purposes, you are required to dress in uniform or your personal outfit – the one that is “iconic” to you or recognizable to the general public. 
  3. On specific costuming regulations: you can do what you’d like, but just know that it’s potentially headache for a lot of our other departments down the line, particularly Legal and PR. I admit that while it was fun dressing up as [REDACTED] for the last sortie, I was also unaware of the potential ramifications of issues such as unauthorized usage of copyrighted characters. This is why the advisory strongly advises against costumes based on non-public domain entities.
  4. As a follow-up to this, CARONA [curator’s note: Maury is likely referring to the CORONA AI program] is running at maximum capacity going over the footages collected over the last six weeks to redact any of the said non-public domain costuming choices made during training or sortie. If you wish to disclose anonymously any information that may be helpful, there’s a link attached. 
  5. Non-STEC shipgirls deployed under STEC authorization or is active within STEC’s roster as exchange programs fall under the same rules and regulations.
  6. Furthermore, if you choose to costume, exact dimensions, materials, and capabilities of your costume must be reported on the new form (also linked below) from now on. This is because of [redacted], where [redacted]. Due to the technology involved, STEC was aware that the exercise was fully authorized and the nature of the costumes were disclosed beforehand. However, it must be stressed that in particular, [redacted] lack reliable CID. Even if it was specifically timed to coincide with the filming of [redacted] as a way to gauge potential public reaction, STEC has advised to cancel all test runs of a similar nature to the [redacted] to give our allies an opportunity to recover from the resultant performance.
  7. No, the costume mentioned in #6 does not have to be destroyed. Command has not given specifications about what is permissible as the investigation is still pending, but the official advisory sent out earlier today makes it clear that it must stay on land, specifically Avalon base, rather than simply being barred from a 500 mile radius ocean-side to Tokyo.

I think that’s all. Please let me know if you have questions.