Amidst Holiday Season, Site Souda Bay Maintains Fleet Readiness, Improves Fuels Testing Capability

By NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella Public Affairs

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Julio Emata directs Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Jarrod Stone, driving forklift, with a pallet containing hazardous materials (HAZMAT) at the Marathi NATO Pier Facility, Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece. Emata, Stone and others assigned to NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Site Souda Bay facilitated a HAZMAT transfer from the Ohio-class cruise missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) to Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T AO 196) during a continuous maintenance availability period. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelly M. Agee

Even as our command’s members prepared to celebrate the holiday season and New Year, we remained focused on our logistics support mission of ensuring fleet readiness and improving processes for how we do business.

For examples of both, look no further than our team at Site Souda Bay whose fuels professionals opened a new fuels lab earlier in December. Also in December, the Site’s logistics support (LS), forklift, postal and HAZMAT teams completed a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) for an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine.

“Our teams demonstrated our capability to support the mission of CMAV services for the sub,” said Charles Tanner, Site Souda Bay’s logistics support representative. “Our people executed with great skill and proficiency so that the USS Florida could get back to sea on schedule.”

The site’s new fuels lab features state-of-the-art safety and testing equipment like electrostatic grounding strips, non-absorbent table and wall surfaces, an enlarged testing work station, a climate controlled ventilation system and an anti-contamination shower.

“Our new lab enhances our technicians’ efficiency in performing the very important job of testing fuel, while sparing no expense for their personal safety,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jaron Goldstein, director, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella Site Souda Bay.

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Site Souda Bay’s new fuels lab. –U.S. Navy courtesy photo

Strategically positioned at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, Site Souda Bay is one of NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s five logistics sites in the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central area of operations (EURAFCENT AOR). NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is one of NAVSUP’s eight globallypositioned logistics centers that provides for the full range of the fleet’s military operations. The Command delivers solutions for logistics, business and support services to the Navy, Military Sealift Command, Joint and Allied Forces throughout EURAFCENT.