BY TIA NICHOLE MCMILLEN
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
As part of its “Meet the Fleet” initiative, junior Sailors from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella visited USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), Oct. 31, during the ship’s port visit to Augusta Bay, Italy.
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As part of its Meet the Fleet initiative, junior Sailors from NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s fuels depot, fleet mail center, hazardous materials center, and the transportation office visited the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).
The purpose of the visit was to help the Sailors better understand how the partnership between an operational shore command and the fleet enables a logistically smooth port visit. These junior Sailors have yet to serve on a ship and this particular experience provided on-the-job training.
Throughout their time at the pier and aboard Mount Whitney, the group was briefed on the logistics requirement process, husbanding service provider (HSP) contracting support, the port visit task order, and the role of a logistics support Sailor to ensure proper execution of the aforementioned tasks.
“All Sailors, junior or senior, are required to qualify as a logistics support representative apprentice as a part of the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella command, and this type of hands-on training and instruction is significantly more helpful than classroom discussion,” said Lt. Derek Roncaioli, the logistics support officer who arranged the visit.
The group was provided a tour of the ship, including the barber shop, ship store, galley, post office, supply storerooms, and various unique features of the Blue Ridge class ship.
During the port visit, the HSP and Logistics Support Center team loaded four pallets of provisions, 60 pallets of cargo, 52 pounds of mail, and 35 pallets of small arms ammunition. Additionally, they delivered 440 pounds of outbound mail and 51 pallets (two semi-trucks full) of miscellaneous cargo to Gaeta, Italy, for the ship’s return to homeport.