BY GLEN VAN VORST, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT DEPARTMENT
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE
The U.S. Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), was successfully launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard Nov. 12.
The ship was named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served as secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969. The launch of the ship took place on Veterans Day weekend, coinciding with the Veterans Day birthday of its namesake, Ignatius. The launch of a ship marks the first time it enters the water. Long before the launch, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville logisticians, embedded with supervisor of shipbuilding Gulf Coast, were already taking steps to ensure the ship would be “Ready for Sea.”
Logisticians processed the ship’s first incremental stock number sequence list, which resulted in more than 1,300 Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures requisitions for government-furnished material. These outfitting requisitions for operating space items and storeroom items form the basis of the ship’s consolidated shipboard allowance list.
The launch of this ship is especially significant for the logistics community. Prior to being appointed as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Ignatius was the Army logistics chief in May 1961 and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Installations and Logistics (I&L)) in December 1964.
It was during Ignatius’ tenure as ASN (I&L) that the Department of Defense reorganization order of March 6, 1966, was signed, which led to the abolishment of Bureau of Supplies and Accounts and subsequent birth of NAVSUP, May 1, 1966.