BY GLEN VAN VORST, DEPUTY DIRECTOR INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT DEPARTMENT NAVSUP FLC JACKSONVILLE
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Capt. Thomas J. Anderson, Program Manager at PMS 501 (Littoral Combat Ships) and Leo Boles from AUSTAL, USA engrave their initials in a steel plate to be a part of the keel on the future USS Omaha (LCS-12). – photo by Michelle Bowen, Communications and Marketing Coordinator AUSTAL, USA
The keel for USS Omaha (LCS 12) was authenticated at General Dynamics/AUSTAL USA shipyard during a keel laying ceremony in Mobile, Alabama. on Feb. 18. A keel laying ceremony marks a significant production milestone and recognizes the joining of modular components of a ship’s hull.
The laying of the keel may be the official beginning of a ship’s life, but Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville personnel began work on USS Omaha several months prior to the keel laying ceremony.
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville logistic management specialists assigned to Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast reviewed contract specifications and Provisioning Technical Documentation packages to determine the correct range and depth of onboard repair parts.
Logisticians also processed the ship’s first incremental stock number sequence list which resulted in more than 1,300 MILSTRIP Around NAVSUP requisitions being generated for Government Furnished Material. These requisitions for both Operating Space Items and Storeroom Items are the beginning of the ships Consolidated Shipboard Allowance List.
Prior to the keel laying ceremony, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville logisticians had already received 22.94 percent of this material in the shipyard. In addition, the Participating Acquisition Manager identified Government Furnished Equipment to be provided to the shipbuilder under the contract, and NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville SUPSHIP Gulf Coast personnel identified integrated logistics deliverables such as technical manuals, planned maintenance systems, and training requirements associated with this new equipment.
The delivery of a ship in a high state of supply readiness is an extremely complex process and involves a number of interrelated actions by a variety of participating activities. As a result of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville logisticians’ consistent and steady work throughout new ships construction, logistic support will accurately reflect the configuration of the ship at delivery and keep the operational readiness of the ship even-keeled.