[caption id="attachment_1874" align="alignleft" width="252"]
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Detachment SUPSHIP Gulf Coast Outfitting Supervisor, Marty Rush, and Outfitting Logistics Management Specialist, Otis Horne, review the Coordinated Shipboard Allowance List.
The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville Detachment Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast’s team recently sharpened their fiscal test pencils in order to meet critical shipbuilding milestones.
The team routinely works alongside Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) counterparts to provide all Government Furnished (GF) outfitting material required for New Construction (NEWCON) ships being constructed under SUPSHIP Gulf Coast’s cognizance.
Throughout Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the team has contributed to the delivery of unprecedented levels of operational readiness for Navy ships, including processing an impressive 37,000 ship outfitting requisitions valued at more than $35 million. These actions have included requirements for multiple project vessels, including the USS America
(LHA 6), USS Arlington
(LPD 24), and USS Somerset
(LPD 25); named for fallen victims from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The SUPSHIP Gulf Coast team also has cognizance for outfitting the Littoral Combat Ships, USS Coronado
(LCS 4) and USS Jackson
(LCS 6), and the Joint High Speed Vessels JHSV 1-3. The team has future outfitting responsibilities for USS Tripoli
(LHA 7), USS John P. Murtha
(LPD 26), USS Portland
(LPD 27), USS John Finn
, USS Ralph Johnson
, USS Rafael Peralta
, and USS Thomas Hudner
, (DDGs 113-116), LCS 6 - 16 and JHSV 3 - 10.
Most recently, the team was recognized for their contributions and outstanding performance in addressing ship outfitting challenges, during the midst of critical funding shortages. Specifically, the team was faced with insufficient funding to procure the entire Coordinated Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL) for two of the fleet’s latest innovative warfighting vessels, the amphibious transport dock, USS Somerset
(LPD 25), and the Littoral Combat Ship, USS Coronado
"These projects did not fit your typical outfitting processes by any means,” said Site Director Mike Sim. “We couldn't just order the entire COSALs, as there was insufficient funding in place to procure everything.”
[caption id="attachment_1875" align="alignright" width="240"]
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Detachment SUPSHIP Gulf Coast Logistics Management Specialist for Tech Data, Randy Heddings, and Logistics Manager, Jack Green.
Faced with this challenge, the team brainstormed a strategy that would result in the most effective and efficient way to support the fleet’s construction milestone load-out schedule. Careful consideration was given as to how best support and sustain warfighter readiness, while balancing quality of life concerns, such as the daily feeding of Sailors, along with providing required material for the crews to conduct routine maintenance of the ship’s systems and equipment.
In order to successfully meet these goals while simultaneously supporting shipbuilding milestones, the site’s outfitting team and technical data team developed an action plan that called for the team to break the individual COSALs apart into sections of equipment that aligned with the ship’s schedules for certifications, testing, and trials.
Collaborating directly with NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s Contracting Department, the team determined what materials to order with each increment of funding in order to meet critical milestones along the construction timeline.
“The team ensured that all damage control material, material required for flight deck certifications, or materials for Sea and Air Rescue (SAR) were identified and ordered,” Sim explained.
For outstanding support in readying LCS 4 and LPD 25 for successful Navy acceptance sea trials, the base was recently recognized with letters of appreciation from Vice Adm. William Hilarides, Commander, NAVSEA, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN), (Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA), Sean Stackley.
Vice Adm. Hilarides acknowledged the efforts on behalf of the entire SUPSHIP Gulf Coast team for “pushing contract and technical decisions to the lowest prudent level,” while Secretary Stackley thanked the team for working “tirelessly to overcome unique challenges.”
“We all had a hand in getting these two platforms to this point,” Sim concluded. “Through the hard work and dedication of every member of our NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast (SSGC) team, each of these ships successfully achieved the construction milestone load-out requirements that led them to become the newest ships in the Navy’s active Fleet.”
Story and photos by Aimee Zoller
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Corporate Communications