NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Supports Gerald R. Ford Commissioning Ceremony

BY TOM KREIDEL, OFFICE OF CORPORATE
COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP FLEET
LOGISTICS CENTER NORFOLK

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk provided a variety of logistical support for the commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, which joined the fleet in a July 22 ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Logistics Support Center’s (LSC’s) Deputy Director Barbara Robinson says the LSC has ordered nearly $1.5 million of provisions since the ship has been pier-side at Naval Station Norfolk, including tracking and delivering more than $10,000 worth of commissioning supplies in the days leading up to the event.

She added that the entire LSC team contributed to the lead-up to the event, with supply-support led by Alaric Best.

The primary logistics support representative (LSR) for provisions was Andre Washington, and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Shipman served as primary military LSR.

Robinson said the last week before the event often brings new requirements and unexpected situations, and the LSR relies on their experience and customer service acumen to help ensure the ceremony goes off without a hitch.

“Commissioning ceremonies are always high-visibility events attended by many distinguished visitors, family members, military members, and friends,” said Robinson. “The LSR has to be flexible and remain adaptable to make sudden changes to accommodate the situations of the moment.”

Robinson added that the work the LSC did for the Ford commissioning is a reflection of what the entire team does for the fleet every day, albeit a magnified reflection based on the size and demands of a new carrier.

“We are extremely proud of our efforts and committed to ensuring that our fleet is always mission-ready,” said Robinson. “As the shore extension, boots-on-the-ground to their supply departments, we strive to make certain that the needs of our ships are our priority.

November/December 2017