BY LT. WILFREDO OTEROMATOS, REGIONAL SUPPLY OFFICER NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA SITE SOUDA BAY
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The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs Souda Bay, Greece. Laboon is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella, Site Souda Bay launched a fully organic ship logistics support service suite in early April that provides the Navy with a competitive, cost-wise, and auditable support environment.
This new support package removes the commercial husbanding service provider, capitalizes on existing on-site organic resources, and utilizes competitively solicited indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts for those services not supported organically.
This new approach to supporting the warfighter enables NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay to continue providing high quality services while significantly reducing the costs incurred by deployed Navy and Military Sealift Command vessels making port visits in Souda Bay.
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay and the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Contracting Fleet Support Team worked as a cohesive group to plan, develop and establish an innovative, globally applicable port service platform that could possibly be adopted in all OCONUS Navy-supported ports.
In collaboration with Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, the Contracting Fleet Support Team conducted a port service gap analysis that identified all organic resources Around NAVSUP that are available for capitalization. This was achieved by studying and integrating applicable best business practices across the AOR as well as existing opportunities from various organizations onboard NSA Souda Bay and the host nation.
Services not organically supportable identified in the analysis were bridged with competitive, base-year (with options to extend), individual IDIQ contracts. This approach allows for budget predictability, elimination of husbanding fees, and maintains the leverage of competition while providing reasonable time for the development of compliant and auditable business processes.
The projected savings from this new program are approximately $10 million for the first three years, or 87 percent less of what was spent on husbanding services in fiscal year 2014.
As the new process progresses, the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella team continues to capture lessons learned and customer feedback to further improve and to identify potential future opportunities for even more savings to the Fleet.