The Navy Special Emphasis Directorate (NAVSUP WSS Code 83) provides a diverse menu of services, and chances are we touch your mission readiness in some manner.
We provide more than a dozen unique, specialized support services to the Navy, including integrated logistics, platform and weapons system program support for the Navy’s Strategic Weapons System (SWS), the Level 1/SUBSAFE Stock Program (LI/SS), the Deep Submergence Systems Scope of Certification Program (SOC), Fly-By-Wire, and the Maritime Industrial Support Program.
Protecting our fleet … On April 10, 1963, the Navy experienced the tragic loss of the USS Thresher (SSN 593). The entire crew and hull sunk to the bottom of the ocean due to flooding. In response to that disaster, the Level I Stock Program, Submarine Escape appliances and Deep Submergence System Programs (DSSP) were established. The Level I program has assured certification and compliance of all material, workmanship and safety requirements with all components identified as having a potential risk for breach of watertight integrity since June 1966.
DSSP develops and deploys platforms to locate, rescue and recover large vessels from the ocean floor while the Submarine Escape Appliance Program provides individual equipment to assist the submarine force to exit the hull. Code 83 further acts as the “gate keeper” for all matters involving technical, procurement, and the quality management of 12,340 LI/SS items and 12,594 DSSP items.
All of these programs ensure that we never again experience a damage control disaster as catastrophic as the USS Thresher.
We are the logistics provider for the Trident Strategic Weapons System, the Navy's top strategic deterrent as well as the SSGN Attack Weapon System, which can deliver up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles. We provide a comprehensive logistics package from configuration and inventory management to allowance development and publication.
Propellers, engines, shafts … We manage the Trident Planned Equipment Replacement Program (TRIPER), the Advanced Equipment Repair Program (AERP) for the Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia Class submarines, the Carrier Planned Equipment Replacement Program (CARPER), Military Sealift Shore-based spares, Fly–By-Wire technology for Seawolf and Virginia Class, the Submarine Corporate Component Repair Program (CCRP), and 2S (Major Hull, Mechanical and Electrical), 2F (Major Electronics) and 2J (Major Ordnance) on behalf of NAVSEA to support various ships and submarine classes.
Yellow gear … If you are moving pallets of supplies, we are the Program Office for all Navy Material Handling Equipment. Our Material Handling Equipment (MHE)/Industrial Support Division is the single NAVSUP WSS touch point to provide material support to Naval Shipyards.
The Division also provides Navy Program Management for afloat, expeditionary and shore based MHE. If you want to be proactive in positioning material at one of the four major shipyards to complete scheduled jobs, our Maritime Industrial Support Team will gladly discuss the benefits of material forecasting as well as be your entry point into the Navy supply system for critical material concerns.
In closing, NAVSUP WSS Code 83 provides “special emphasis” to many unique, critical Navy programs. We are standing by to support the Fleet!
By Lt. Vincente Price
Military Lead for Maritime Industrial Support
Lt. Vincente Price served aboard USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10) as the Materials Officer from July 2008 through March 2009. He also served aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) as the Sales Officer and Food Service Officer from January 2010 until December 2011.