BY CAROLE STRINGFIELD, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Bahrain Site Dubai provides around-the-clock logistical support to ships that operate in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
With their staff of seven, Site Dubai works to provide first-rate service in and around the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for operational support of fleet and expeditionary units, contracted ship repair for USS and USNS ships in theater, and other needed logistical support.
Additionally, Site Dubai provides contracting support covering port visit husbanding services, transportation services, air terminal services, and telecommunications contracts in UAE.
“The great thing about working in Dubai and working overseas is there isn’t a typical work day,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chin Choe, officer in charge, code 200. “ Dubai supports all Navy vessels deploying in the Middle East.”
Site Dubai provides support to various ports around UAE and Oman, and works with NAVSUP FLC Bahrain’s contracting department in order to implement the Navy’s new process for husbanding service provider off ship bill pay. This initiative ensures cost-effective port visits while simultaneously removing workload from ships.
Many of the ships deployed to the AOR make short stops for ship repair and replenishment, and because of this, the turnaround of services provided must be prompt and efficient in order to meet warfighter operational schedules.
Along with being a part of and working with NAVSUP FLC Bahrain, Site Dubai works with Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Det. Bahrain and Military Sealift Command Ship Support Unit Bahrain. Site Dubai also works with local contractors for ship repair, hotel and lodging, telecommunication, local airport management and port government authorities.
According to Choe, in fiscal year 2015, Site Dubai executed a total of 298 contract actions with a cumulative value of $13.4 million. In addition, they executed a total of 166 ship repair contracts with a total dollar value of $9.6 million.
“[NAVSUP] FLC [Bahrain] Site Dubai provides boots on ground support to some of the busiest ports in the AOR,” said NAVSUP FLC Bahrain Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Egge. “Their small team of seven has consistently ensured seamless contracting support to our customers in UAE. Their performance has been superb!”
Site Dubai continues to work with ships and shore commands to provide exceptional service to the fleet.