NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Sailors Brave Icy, Snowy Condition to Load Provisions

By Tom Kreidel, Office of Corporate
Communications, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk

Two days after Winter Storm Grayson dropped nearly a foot of snow on Naval Station Norfolk, Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk were among the first to return, loading provisions onto USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) before she got underway.

Members of the PPMAP team visited NAVSUP FLC San Diego to conduct their assessment.

According to NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Logistics Support Officer, Lt. Tam Colbert, the 15-person working party loaded 15 pallets of food into storerooms aboard Vella Gulf.

“We take pride and satisfaction in knowing that the Sailors are taken care of,” she added. “They deserve to have three fresh, hot, healthy and delicious meals a day, and we are happy to be able to do our small part in ensuring they are always ready for any tasking coming their way.”

She explained that the NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Logistics Support Center provides this service to save ships in the fleet the otherwise numerous man-hours that would be spent striking boxes down to the storerooms.

Colbert added that the biggest challenge operating in winter weather is safety. She said normally there is only a small strip on the pier that gets cleared out and salted as an access lane for emergency vehicles. Often under these conditions the working party doesn’t have a large area to stage the pallets to be moved by forklifts and run up a conveyor belt, so the entire evolution has to be accomplished by hand, which increases the time it takes and requires a higher level of operational risk management to avoid injuries.

“What we do here is very important; providing vital provisions that keep underway Sailors fed,” Colbert concluded.

Spring 2018