BY CANDICE VILLARREAL, DIRECTOR,
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS,
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SAN DIEGO
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego officially turned over distance support requirements for USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) to NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville this January, as the ships made their way to their new homeports.
The turnover of responsibility follows a Chief of Naval Operations mandated littoral combat ship (LCS) realignment, home porting odd-numbered hull LCS ships in Jacksonville, Florida and keeping even numbered hulls in San Diego.
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San Diego LST personnel. Left to right, LS2 Sixtobernabe Mariano, LS1 Jourdan Borcena, LS3 Regina Leuty, LS1 Jeremy Bowman, Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Hogan, LST director for NAVSUP FLC San Diego. –photo by Candice Villarreal
“We were the only NAVSUP FLC supporting the full range of homeport support requirements for these ships, and we’re excited to see the NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville team doing such a great job of it now,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Hogan, logistics support team (LST) director for NAVSUP FLC San Diego. “They’re well equipped to now handle their budgets, order food and fuel, manage inventory of consumable items and repair parts, and coordinate operational support services. It’s a big win in terms of capability for the Navy as a whole.”
LSTs ease supply department responsibilities by supporting the ships from ashore to allow the minimally-manned vessels’ commanders to focus more intently on antisubmarine warfare, mine countermeasures, and surface warfare missions.
“These are the first two ships they’ve ever supported through the full breadth of logistical responsibility,” said Hogan. “It’s a milestone for the Jacksonville LST, and it also means we’re increasing our NAVSUP Global Logistics Support network of capabilities from shore to shore.”
The San Diego LST, established in 2008, provides around-the-clock support to the LCSs as they navigate in dynamic and uncertain theaters. Because the ships do not have fully-staffed supply departments like other surface combatants, LST personnel often must anticipate the smaller crews’ needs.
“We used our experience and expertise to develop and streamline processes that would assist Jacksonville in executing unmatched distance support,” said Hogan. “And it has been a pretty seamless transition.”
Between USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit, the San Diego team procured 100 food orders valued at approximately $332,000 for the ships. Additionally, the team planned and executed 20 port visits, procured and coordinated delivery of 57 high priority repair parts, and simultaneously managed $740,000 in operating budget funds during 2016.
“Now we’ve got centers of excellence for distance support across both coasts,” said Hogan. “That’s pretty significant.”
As the Navy’s mission around the globe expands, the command’s mission and supporting role are evolving, making organizational agility more important than ever. Fast, efficient support from the shoreline to the cutting-edge vessel at sea allows LCS commanders to operate forward in unpredictable environments while countering the challenging threats the ships were built to overcome.
“NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville did a fantastic job of accommodating and taking on additional workloads even earlier than planned,” said Hogan. “They’ve been very capably supporting our ships for months now, and they’re the only other experts that know how to do this. I think everyone involved has been impressed with their enthusiasm for supporting these warfighters.”
The San Diego team is already planning for additional growth in support of future San Diego based LCS combatants. The LST currently supports San Diego homeported LCS ships with hull numbers 1-4, 6, 8, and 10.
“I’m really impressed with the professionalism our LST displayed throughout this process,” said Hogan. “They took initiative, set up the process, coordinated with Jacksonville, and got it all done in a timely manner. They didn’t just toss the responsibility over to them; they stuck with it and coached them through it all, making sure they were truly ready before they switched off support on our end. That says a lot about the kind of pride they take in their work in support of the nation’s warfighters.”