BY TOM KREIDEL, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS COMMAND NORFOLK
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USS Zumwalt –photo by Jim Kohler
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk is providing logistical support to the Navy’s newest ship, future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) following the ship entering port at Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 14.
According to NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Commanding Officer Capt. Jack Moreau, nearly every department of the command, including industrial support, operations, contracting, supply management and fuels, has provided a wide array of services to Zumwalt.
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LSRs, PO1 Thaddeus Berry and Theo Jamison have been supporting future USS Zumwalt as she prepares to join the Fleet next month. –photo by Jim Kohler
NAVSUP FLC Norfolk’s Logistics Support Center (LSC) has two logistics support representatives (LSRs) dedicated to handling all of Zumwalt’s needs.
“My sole purpose is to support the ship in getting what they need in a timely manner,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Thaddeus Berry, one of the LSRs working with Zumwalt. “Having the ship relying on you to help them pull into port is a great adrenaline rush.”
Theo Jamison, who also served as a LSR for Zumwalt described the job as satisfying and rewarding, comparing the challenge to putting the pieces of a puzzle together.
Berry added that working with a completely new class of ship can be challenging. Differences such as length of potable water hoses to the size and shape of the brow presented challenges for both the LSC and the ship’s supply department.
“Certain things might work for other DDGs (guided-missile destroyers), but for this particular ship we had to put our minds together as subject matter experts and find the best possible solution for the ship,” he added.
According to NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Industrial Support Department Director Michael Johnson, the support for Zumwalt dates back to before the ship’s keel laying and as part of the new construction integrated logistics support. That support continued all the way through to assist visits earlier this year in preparing the supply department for underway operations.
He added that the Fleet Outfitting Supply Assist Team did a series of visits to provide assistance in several areas including department organization, managing storerooms, ship services, ship’s hazardous material, and postal.
Zumwalt was formally commissioned during Fleet Week Maryland in Baltimore, Oct. 15.
NAVSUP FLC Norfolk’s Navy Food Management Team, Navy Cash® Team and Fleet Assistance Team are also involved with training Zumwalt’s supply department personnel in areas such as galley management, running the ship’s store, laundry, vending and the handling of cash services.