BY PAULA DUNN, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) will monitor current El Niño weather patterns throughout 2016, with an eye on how warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean will impact the command’s ability to provide worldwide critical logistics support.
“The fleet counts on us to be ready and flexible to support operations around the globe and around the clock,” said Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, NAVSUP GLS. “Reviewing our policies and getting prepared now will minimize the impact of El Niño related events on our ability to provide global logistics support.”
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, El Niño is an anomalous, yet periodic, warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. For reasons still not well understood, every two to seven years, this patch of ocean warms for six to 18 months and affects worldwide weather patterns. The current El Niño is expected to last until spring 2016.
“Now is the time for us to get prepared,” said NAVSUP GLS Director Logistics Operations Bong Cabling. “We need to ensure that we’re ready to provide continuity of operations (COOP) in case of an emergency and that our workforce has current information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System in case of an emergency.”
NAVUP GLS has directed its eight Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) around the world to review destructive weather policies on the bases where they operate and practice transitioning from automated to manual COOP. The NAVSUP FLCs are located in Manama, Bahrain; Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Puget Sound, Washington; San Diego, California; Sigonella, Italy; and Yokosuka, Japan.
The command expects that the NAVSUP FLCs in Pearl Harbor, Puget Sound, San Diego and Yokosuka will be most impacted by weather which could include greater rainfall and typhoon activity in the eastern Pacific.
Cabling concluded that communications during any weather challenges is key to safety and continued success.