NAVSUP FLC Bahrain Hosts Subject Matter Expert Exchange with Royal Saudi Naval Forces

BY JAVANI G. JONES, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN

A team consisting of five members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) visited NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain for a logistics subject matter expert exchange May 8-9.

The yearly training is conducted to provide the Royal Saudi Navy an overview of how the U.S. Navy handles hazardous material (HAZMAT) during daily operations in support of the fleet.

During the two-day training, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain subject matter experts delivered an overview of best practices and tools leveraged to ensure the safe transport, storage, and issue of HAZMAT. This onsite training provided the opportunity for both the U.S Navy and Royal Saudi Navy to discuss processes for practical application of hazardous waste management.

“This training presented experts from both NAVSUP FLC Bahrain and the Royal Saudi Navy an opportunity to focus on continual improvement in the delivery of hazardous material management, products, and services. The hands-on interaction facilitated a collaborative approach to discuss areas for planning and delivering logistics in this critical area,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Holland, logistics planner, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain.

As the training continued, the RSNF team toured NAVSUP FLC Bahrain’s hazardous material facilities and learned how the U.S. Navy properly disposes of HAZMAT and hazardous waste. During the tour, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain HAZMAT team shared insight on the techniques used for labeling materials and highlighted different facilities required to ensure safe storage. The training allowed the RSNF team to depart NAVSUP FLC Bahrain with knowledge of U.S Naval HAZMAT management and operations that they will use at their naval bases in Saudi Arabia.

“The hazardous materials training course was a very good experience for all of us. Combat system shipping and maintenance material was an important focus for our team. We look forward to more training opportunities in the future,” said Khalid Abdullah Al- Khalidi, Lt. Col./Cmdr., RSNF.

September/October 2017