NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Expedites Critical Parts Delivery

     The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Logistics Support Center (LSC) delivered critical parts to USS Stout (DDG 55) Aug. 15, enabling the ship to get underway fully equipped for a nine-month Mediterranean deployment.

     Every ship has a telephone number for the Logistics Support Representative (LSR) assigned to them, who is ready to assist with any of their routine or critical logistics needs.  NAVSUP FLC Norfolk’s LSC is staffed with a highly trained group of Sailors and civilians who are on call around the clock, seven days a week, to serve their customers.

     Last month, LS2 Elgin Boyd, the LSR assigned to Stout, received word from the ship that they were missing some critical parts that had to be on the ship prior to their Aug. 18 deployment date.

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Logistics Support Representative, LS1 Elgin Boyd (right), delivers critical parts to USS Stout Sailor LSSN Eugene Mark Anthony Hogan just days before the ship left Naval Station Norfolk for a nine-month deployment.

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Logistics Support Representative, LS1 Elgin Boyd (right), delivers critical parts to USS Stout Sailor LSSN Eugene Mark Anthony Hogan just days before the ship left Naval Station Norfolk for a nine-month deployment.

     As soon as LS2 Boyd heard of the ship’s urgent need, he sprang into action.  After researching the issue, he found out the parts were supposed to be sent to Stout by another ship, which was on deployment in the 5th Fleet operating area.  “I contacted an LSR that I knew in Bahrain,” LS2 Boyd explained.  “He put me in touch with the ship, and we were able to begin the process of expediting delivery of the parts to Stout.”

     The missing parts are used with Stout’s Vertical Launch System (VLS), and also used to troubleshoot a variety of electrical systems aboard the ship.  “Without these parts, systems on the ship could fail,” said LSSN Eugene Mark Anthony Hogan of Stout’s Supply Department.  “We really needed to have these on board the ship before we got underway.  We really appreciate the hard work and extra effort from Petty Officer Boyd to make sure we got underway fully prepared for our mission.”

     LS2 Boyd, along with the entire LSC team, received emails from Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic as well as from Stout expressing gratitude and thanks for helping to make sure the ship was fully equipped for deployment.  “In a matter of just a few working days you helped us get into a great position logistically speaking,” said Lt. Scott Milliet, USS Stout Supply officer.  “Please keep Stout in mind as we enter the 6th Fleet.  I’m sure there will come a point in time when we’ll need expediting assistance this deployment.”

     Boyd tracked the progress of the shipment every step of the way to make sure Stout would be able to get underway for their deployment no less than 100 percent equipped.  Stout is the sixth Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, commissioned in August, 1994.

By Jim Kohler, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Office of Corporate Communication