BY JAVANI G. JONES, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the latest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, named after the nation’s 41st president, welcomed civilian and local national personnel at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain April 13, 2017.
While aboard the ship, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain personnel received a briefing on the ship’s history and combat capabilities. The purpose of the visit was to allow civilian and local national employees the opportunity to view the daily operations of logistics specialists and the significant role of Supply Corps officers in the U.S. Navy.
NAVSUP FLC Bahrain provided logistics support to more than 6,000 Sailors who called the ship home while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. During the visit, logistics support teams delivered 103 pallets of cargo and hazardous material, and coordinated the pickup of hazardous waste.
While viewing the working operations of logistics specialists, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain employees toured nine decks on the ship. Visitors also observed the George H.W. Bush museum, flight deck, and bridge.
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NAVSUP FLC Bahrain personnel learn the history of the USS George H. W. Bush during their tour.
“I was able to see the bridge of the ship and run on the upper deck. I learned about the Sailors’ real lives and the hardship of all service members. I am very thankful for the opportunity to see their world,” said Judy Castillo, administrative specialist, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain.
Touring the aircraft carrier was a thrilling experience providing a chance for NAVSUP FLC Bahrain personnel to take part in the dedicated service of providing logistics support for customers.
“After my tour of USS George H.W. Bush, my respect towards Sailors has increased tremendously. It was my honor, pleasure, and treat to be aboard. I am most humbled that NAVSUP gave me one of the best experiences of my life,” said Priya Rathnakara, purchasing agent, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain.
The visit highlights NAVSUP FLC Bahrain’s effort to recognize civilians and the diverse multi-national team of local nationals who work hand-in-hand with military to ensure ships are provided the support and resources needed to meet their challenging tasks while in theater.
“The tour was a great chance to see how NAVSUP FLC Bahrain supports this floating, near self-sustaining city and gave me a deeper appreciation for each man and woman serving in our military,” said Jill Mitchell, senior management analyst, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain.