The mission of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific Fleet (CNSP) Logistics and Ordnance (N41) is to oversee the manning, training and equipping of U.S. Pacific Surface Force Supply Departments in order that they are always ready to fight and win.
We lead Pacific Surface Force supply teams in delivering world-class logistics support that enables operational commanders to be ready for tasking and to operate forward.
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The CNSP Logistics and Ordnance Team.
The Readiness (N412A) team provides the operational research muscle that enhances the performance of our surface combatant supply departments. The readiness team provides pragmatic and top-quality logistic analysis by using advanced analytical methods to evaluate platform and system demand patterns to help make informed decisions aimed at improving the “day one readiness” of our ships.
These hard working officers, civilians, and contractors work in concert with our waterfront Supply officers and support providers such as Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support (WSS), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Priority Material Office (PMO), Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (CNSL), and numbered fleets to improve the supply readiness of our Surface Forces. We work hand in hand with Supply officers as they navigate the Fleet Readiness Training Plan (FRTP) and prepare for deployment. While casualty report (CASREP) avoidance is our primary goal by ensuring each ship has the right configuration and allowance of onboard repair parts, we spend a lot of time working CASREP resolution by aggressively expediting requirements and conducting root cause analysis to better improve configuration and Coordinated Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL).
Regardless, both CASREP avoidance and quick resolution are imperative for our ships to be combat ready. We know that the fleet never sleeps, and therefore we are always at the "ready" in all facets of our logistical support!
The Force Stock Control (N412C) team is located at Naval Station San Diego, and represents N41 on the waterfront. This includes leading the pre-Supply Management Certification (SUP 1.3) Type Command (TYCOM) Assist visits for all Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) ships, and leading the Supply Management Certification (SUP 1.4) for force level Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF) ships (LHD/LHA/LCS). Additionally, we conduct supply effectiveness grooms at the request of Supply Departments.
These grooms are a one-day process that evaluates and provides training on material outstanding file maintenance, inventory management, and range and depth administration. We also offer a wide range of support services for our ships through regularly scheduled training sessions on R-Supply, Integrated Barcode System, Organizational Maintenance Management System - Next Generation (OMMS-NG), Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System (NALCOMIS) and Naval Tactical Command Support System (NTCSS) for both users and system administrators. We are aboard ships every day conducting training, support and mentoring to make sure our SURFPAC ships are in the best possible shape to succeed in missions.
The Services team (N412D) consists of focused subject matter experts in food service, disbursing, ship store, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) operations. We establish and help implement plans, procedures and training programs aimed at improving service operations to ensure our ships and crews have the best possible hotel services available. We also provide liaison between fleet and shore providers; and team up with our Force Stock Control team to conduct assist visits. One of our most rewarding responsibilities is to nominate qualified candidates for the Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, and the Best of Class Ship’s Store Excellence Awards. We work hard every day to support our ships as they strive for service excellence.
When asked about his job here, SHCS Angel Escribano of the Services team said, “I go out and about to visit the Ship's Serviceman in the fleet; I'm excited to see their excellent customer service skills.”
Similarly, CSCM Romy Mendoza recently commented on Navy Culinary training. “Commands have participated and benefited from our partnership with San Diego Culinary Institute Campus,” he explained. “This on the job training provides industry best practices and informal culinary education to our Culinary Specialists (CS). We graduated 80 students this fiscal year and are looking to continue this program.”
The Logistics Ordnance (N411) team provides management and guidance for the planned allocation, transfer, storage, and expenditure of all weapons and munitions for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. They also oversee Explosives Safety standards, training, policies, and procedures in order to maintain the highest levels of crew proficiency and war fighting readiness; as well as monitor ordnance inventory and readiness standards for CNSP ships. N411 personnel are directly engaged with the waterfront in several ways such as ship visits, ordnance training, ordnance workshops, and ordnance newsletters. These are all ways to stay connected to the deckplate Sailors in the fleet, and maintain the highest levels ordnance support and readiness.
Our Aviation (N412B) team provides aviation supply support for Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) and Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) helicopter detachments afloat. Historically, Air and Surface Type Commanders have employed the onboard Pack-up Kits (PUK) concept to provide responsive supply support for embarked LAMPS/VERTREP helicopter detachments aboard surface ships. Inherent in this concept is the continuing requirement for ashore support sites to initially provide aeronautical material and to effect rapid replenishment as our Pacific Fleet ships use the material.
Currently, we have 19 ships with MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk PUK’s onboard. We coordinate PUK on-load and off-load schedules with the designated ship, direct ship Supply officers to conduct and report pre/post-deployment and quarterly PUK inventories, and provide Authoring Instructional Materials (AIMS) training and PUK supply management training prior to deployment for Supply officers, Leading Chief Petty Officers (LCPO), and designated PUK Managers.
The times we sail in are ever changing. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Destroyers (DDG) are testing the minimal/optimal manning concepts, and budget pressures will continue to challenge our ability to provide “day one readiness.” Within this dynamic landscape, it is our job to deliver steadfast logistics support to ensure our Surface Forces are never lacking.
Our ability to deliver quality training and technical assistance, expeditious parts support, clear and concise communications, and exemplary shipboard certification standards have earned us the trust of the Surface Warfare community who echo the excellence we stand for.
By Lt. Kristen Coar, SC, USN, Executive Assistant, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet