BY TIA NICHOLE MCMILLEN
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) received emergent logistical support from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella’s Logistics Support Center and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)Distribution Sigonella, while at anchorage in Augusta Bay, Sicily.
Leroy Grumman is currently deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, providing fuel and logistics support to the Navy’s combatants in the area.
During its brief period at anchorage, the ship received high-priority cargo, mail and food by barge and crane transfer immediately prior to getting underway and completing two replenishments at sea with another logistics ship and a Navy destroyer.
The NAVSUP FLC Sigonella team worked with the local husbanding service provider to load Leroy Grumman with 10 pallets of emergent provisions, five pallets of high priority parts, and 48 pieces of mail supporting USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) and USS Porter (DDG 78). Emergent visits like this one enable logisticians to provide combatants with critical parts and provisions to keep them on mission.
“It was good to see the evolution unfold and comforting to know that with the combined efforts of our U.S. Navy, local nationals, civilians, and contracted teams, [we] can support critical evolutions like this especially at short notice,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Michael Sills, from NAVSUP FLC Sigonella. Sills was a critical enabler in the evolution, ensuring the timeline for delivery of all trucks, arrival of the barge, and readiness of the ship all lined up to prevent spoiled food, and assuring timely completion of the process.