By Tom Kreidel, Office of Corporate Communications
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk
The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Husbanding Service Provider (HSP) Team provided onsite support for USS Constitution getting underway in May, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
According to Lt. Tim Landry, who travelled to Boston to oversee the HSP efforts, this was the first time the HSP had provided logistics support to Constitution.
Constitution, America’s Ship of State, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797-1855 and is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.
“Our Contracting Department vision states that we should be ‘professionals that are motivated to anticipate customers’ needs and exceed customers’ expectations’ and this is the perfect example of us going above and beyond in ensuring we exceeded our customers’ expectations,” Landry explained.
He added that his biggest role was to provide on-site administrative contracting support during the event, while ensuring that Constitution received everything the ship was due in accordance with the task order that was awarded. He described the HSP as a “new way of doing business” for Constitution getting underway, and he was there to ensure the experience was everything that Constitution’s crew and guests were expecting.
Landry added the trip was rewarding for a number of reasons, explaining that often in the contracting office they are not able to see the “fruits of their labor” after notification is sent to the contractor that submitted the winning proposal.
The job of the HSP is to coordinate a wide variety of services for ships that pull into non-Navy ports on the east and west coasts of the United States, along with ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Mexico.
The services can range from trash removal, sewage removal, pilots and tugs, fresh water, bus service, vehicle rental and more, depending on the needs of the individual ship.
“It was nice to have the opportunity to watch an event come together and be executed smoothly, in person, knowing that a task order I created played a critical role in making that happen,” he said. “Secondly, being able to share underway time with men and women who served in the military during the Vietnam War was especially rewarding.”
Landry added that he was also able to get underway on Constitution as the ship navigated down the Charles River Basin out to Boston’s Inner Harbor.
“It was an awesome thing to be a part of,” he said. “Not many people get to say they have been underway on Constitution.”