The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces, capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.
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Bernard Dixon, DLA Distribution San Diego, Aviation Division material coordinator, pulls out a bar of stock while verifying NSN and material characteristics.
(Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Bok Beato)
In order to meet that mission, however, Sailors must remain well supplied, often to support long tours at sea. As a result of this need, nearly everywhere there is a Navy concentration Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution that has a collocated distribution center to support its Navy customer.
DLA Distribution provides a significant percentage of its services to the Navy via nine worldwide sites collocated with major Navy customers. These sites provide tailored support to transiting ships and Navy aircraft carriers, providing restocking services to eliminate excess Navy handling via Materiel Processing Centers. Collocated distribution sites within the continental United States include distribution centers located in Puget Sound, Wash.; San Diego; Norfolk, Va.; Cherry Point, N.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla. Sites located outside the continental U.S. include Yokosuka, Japan; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Guam; and Sigonella, Italy.
Although not located at Navy sites, DLA Distribution’s other 17 sites also support Navy customers. DLA Distribution Strategic Distribution Platforms in Warner Robins, Ga., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Susquehanna, Pa., serve as primary sources for the majority of material shipped to the Navy, while supporting Forward Distribution Points provide local support to the Navy maintenance mission. Theater Distribution Platforms located in Germany and Japan provide in-theater supply support for high demand or critical stock needed to support deployed Navy units.
DLA Distribution’s Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) support to the Navy was initiated in 1999, when Navy customers in Yokosuka, Japan, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, requested that DLA Distribution take over distribution functions. In 2005, distribution facilities were established in Guam, Korea, Kuwait, and Sicily to provide worldwide pre-positioned stock to support the War on Terrorism.
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DLA Distribution Yokosuka, Japan personnel process material for Navy customers in the organization’s Material Processing Center.
(Photo by DLA Distribution Yokosuka, Japan)
Overall, DLA Distribution supports the Navy through maintenance of more than $16 billion in Navy-owned materiel, consisting of more than 438,000 National Stock Numbers, and comprising more than 15 percent of the organization’s total inventory value. In Fiscal Year 2012, DLA Distribution executed 2.9 million receipts and issues in support of U.S. Navy customers around the globe, including its largest customers, Fleet Readiness Centers located in Jacksonville, Fla., and Cherry Point, N.C., as well as Naval Air Stations located in Virginia.
With nearly half a million active and reserve members and 286 active ships operating alongside more than 3,700 aircraft, supporting the Navy is no small feat. However, DLA Distribution remains committed to providing timely support, anytime, anywhere, to its Navy customers, both operational and deployed.
By Emily Tsambiras, DLA Distribution Public Affairs