Delivering Logistics from the Pacific Northwest.
More than 12,000 people work in the complex, which contains more than 300 buildings and structures, six deepwater piers, six dry docks, and numerous moorings.
Taking a tour of the expansive Pacific Northwest Fleet Logistics Center starts with the date it was established, Oct. 2, 1967, with the consolidation of Naval Supply Depot, Seattle; the Naval Fuel Depot, Manchester; and some functions of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Supply Department.
On March 1, 1993, NSC Puget Sound changed to Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Puget Sound. Over the years, FISC Puget Sound joined six other FISCS around the world and where managed under then Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), San Diego. Then, on July 1, 2011, COMFISCS was renamed NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, and FISC Puget Sound's name was changed to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound in an ongoing effort to consolidate supply chain management functions under Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), and to support Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and regional commanders.
Today, like its sister Fleet Logistics Centers in Pearl Harbor and Yokosuka, Japan, and San Diego, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound provides a variety of logistics support services and products to the fleet, shore commands, and governmental agencies around the Pacific Rim. NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound products are geared toward providing total operational readiness and customer satisfaction, while reducing the cost of the Department of Defense through regionalization and partnering.
Core operations of NAVSLIP FLC Puget Sound are located throughout the Pacific Northwest area, including Supply support personnel at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, and Bangor; Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Division; Naval Station Everett; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; and Naval Magazine Indian Island.
A geographic tour of NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound would route you from Puget Sound to Naval Base Kitsap, (NBK).
Located on the waterfront directly behind NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound is the Regional Consolidated Mail Facility (CMF). Staffed by 10 military and civilian mail clerks, Navy Region Northwest commands route outgoing official mail to the CMF for consolidation and metering prior to its dispatch to the United States Postal Service. The CMF eliminated the need for separately operated mail-metering operations at five Region bases and several other local commands. By eliminating redundant processes and processing mail using automated equipment that ensures outgoing Navy Official Mail is prepared according to proper official address standardization policies, efficiencies are increased and taxpayer money is saved.
"When mail is consolidated and sent in bulk, the Navy benefits from cheaper postal rates and the annual postage bill for the two million pieces of mail it handles annually is reduced by more than 10 percent," said Regional Postal Operations Manager Richard Buchart. "Despite the hectic activity, the CMF has never missed a delivery; and that commendable achievement is directly attributable to the professionalism of our region's postal team," Buchart added.
Down the road from the CMF, 30 miles as the eagle flies, is Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, where NAVSUP PLC Puget Sound supports the Trident submarine program. The Trident program provides the foremost strategic deterrent element associated with United States National Security and is the Navy's highest priority weapons systems.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound's Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Supply Support Department (S3D) is the Strategic Weapons System West Coast stock point and provides supply support functions for Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) and the Trident Program. Composed of civilian personnel and a few active duty military, S3D provides logistic support to eight Trident submarines (SSBN) submarines, two Ohio-class guided missile submarines (SSGN), three Seawolfclass submarines (SSN), and Navy-owned, Coast Guard-operated patrol vessels (TPS).
S3D is the single point of entry for SWFPAC material requirements, including non-standard material acquired through government purchase card or contract administration services. In any given day, S3D personnel might handle classified material; Nuclear Weapon Related Material; arms, ammunition, and explosive material; hazardous material; shelf life material; pilferable material; mandatory turn-in repairable material; and material turned into stores. Additionally, S3D operates a material stock point supporting Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific.
A few miles down the twisty Bangor road from SSP, you will arrive at Submarine Support and Assistance Team (SUBSAT), which is located across from the Trident Delta Pier. SUBSAT renders complete logistics support for SSBNs, SSGNs, and SSNs homeported at Naval Base Kitsap. Composed of active duty military and civilian personnel from the Operation Directorate, SUBSAT is one of only two of its kind in the Navy - Trident Refit Facility in Kings Bay, Ga., is the other.
"SUBSAT is the single-point of entry for submarine material requirements, depot level reparable (DLR) retrograde processing, fuel and lube oil requirements, hazardous material (HAZMAT) support, material receipt, and service contract administration for submarines in the Pacific Northwest," explained NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound SUBSAT Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Stamerra.
In an effort to better support our customer, we added a HAZMAT Technician to our staff to aid with hazardous material training, site inspections and re-use offloads. SUBSAT also coordinates the delivery of fuel and lube oil; manages the Duty Logistic Specialist (LS) program which provides 24-hour on call assistance, and coordinates all prearrival briefs, a formal meeting of subject matter experts brought together to inform the oncoming crew of services rendered.
Departing SUBSAT, we head east toward the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport in Keyport, Wash. Keyport is the Navy's largest repair facility that handles both depot and intermediate maintenance for torpedoes and undersea mobile targets. NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound's Weapon System Support (WSS) Department's mission is to provide Supply chain management support to NUWC Keyport and its detachments worldwide.
The Weapon System Support Department has personnel located in Washington (Keyport and Bangor) as well as Hawaii (Ford Island, Ewa Beach, and Kauai), and is working with Keyport to add a small detachment in San Diego.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound support includes receiving, warehousing, issuing, and transporting torpedoes and related parts worldwide, including numerous foreign countries as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program. The WSS Department is also responsible for the inventory management of Keyport s shop stores, heavy weight torpedo COSAL, and sponsored-owned operating material and supplies, which includes 600,000 line items valued at more than $4 billion.
We are proud of the superb customer service provided to NUWC Keyport's engineers, scientists, and technicians in their broad mission to provide fleet readiness support for submarines, surface ships, torpedoes, mines, Pacific Test and Evaluation range and facilities, land attack systems, and the U.S. Coast Guard's FMS Business Office's shipment of fast attack response boats to the Middle East and Africa.
As we depart Keyport, down rural roads meandering to the highway and a 45-minute drive, we arrive at NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Manchester Fuel Department (MFD), the West Coast's largest Navy-operated marine fuel terminal and winner of the 2011 Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award in the "Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation" category.
With panoramic and scenic views of the Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountain range, and wildlife in its natural habitat, MFD is a 234-acre site in eastern Kitsap County, Wash., with about one-and-a-half-mile Puget Sound shoreline. The facility is divided into two separate areas by a county road and Little Clam Bay, a 26-acre lagoon. The Fuel Department property has been in military service for more than 100 years, and has served the Navy as the Northwest Fuels Facility since 1941.
Manchester Fuel Department's primary mission is to provide bulk fuel and lubricant support to area Navy afloat and shore activities. Customers are serviced via the fuel pier at Manchester, commercial or Navy barge, and commercial or Navy trucks. Manchester provides petroleum, oil, and lubricants to all authorized United States Department of Defense activities, state and local government throughout the Pacific Northwest including Canadian Naval Base Esquimalt, British Columbia.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound's MFD was selected to produce and store alternative fuel and diesel to support this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. MFD received 76 rail and tanker-truck shipments from Texas and Louisiana, totaling 442,000 gallons of alternative fuels - 350,000 gallons of HRD-76 and 92,000 gallons of HRJ-5 - both produced from used cooking oil. They isolated and stored it on their barges and blended it with Navy diesel fuel for about 30 days.
We had to be innovative with how we received the product from the trucks to the barge; not a typical method for us, but we overcame the challenges and were successful in safely receiving the fuel, and storing it on three of our five fuel barges," said NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound MFD Director Lt. Jason Harper.
MFD provided nearly 1 million gallons of a 50/50 blend of renewable biofuels to fuel ships that participated in RIMPAC. The transfer represented the initial phases of the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" initiative to cut the consumption of petroleum by its commercial vehicle fleet in half by 2015, and receive 50 percent of all of its energy from fossil fuel alternatives by 2020.
"We are leading the way in alternative fuel specifically designed for distribution to the Department of Navy," Lt. Harper explained. "Blending the fuels presented new challenges, although they were easily within the fuel department's capabilities."
The fuel department's capabilities run the gamut, from habitat and enhancing fish migration, to the implementation of the very first Fuels Occupational degree program.
The Fuel Occupational program is an intensive two-year degree program, designed in close coordination with Bremerton's Olympic College, and modeled after an existing program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
"This is the first degree program in the nation specifically designed for the fuel distribution industry," said Manchester Fuel Department Deputy Director, Robert Cairns. After many months of careful design and collaboration between Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Puget Sound and Olympic College, as well as a lengthy accreditation process, the Fuels Occupational Degree Program was created to establish a highly-skilled workforce to serve the Navy fuels community well into the future.
Students enrolled in the Fuels Occupational Degree Program are required to complete 90 credits from Olympic College, in Bremerton, Wash., and 60 of those credits must come from a variety of rigorous academic courses such as physics, chemistry, mathematics; as well as English, history, and leadership in an effort expand students' general knowledge and to encourage critical thinking. The remaining 30 credits are vocational classes directly applicable to the Navy fueling community, for example ... Pipeline Hydraulics, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Petroleum Fundamentals, Tank Inspection, Valves and Actuators, and Oil Spill Response.
"These trades-oriented classes greatly improve skill-sets of each individual student, enhancing our overall fueling capabilities." Cairns said.
"Education in this program doesn't just happen in the classroom," Lt. Harper explained. "Students learn by actually doing the job alongside veteran fuel workers."
On any given day in the program, a student could be deploying oil spill booming, assisting journeyman fuel operators to receive, issue, storage, and transfer petroleum products; conducting fuel barge operations; performing preventative and corrective maintenance facility-wide; operating fuel trucks; assisting in the Oily Waste Treatment Plant; or learning the fundamentals of environmental awareness and responsibility.
"The petroleum industry is not widely known for its commitment to the environment, but it's different here at Manchester," said Fuel Department Deputy Director Robert Cairns. "Our primary mission may be to supply fuel to the warfighter, but we have a fundamental obligation to promote responsible environmental stewardship."
MFD is widely recognized throughout the fuels community as being the flagship for environmental protection, winning numerous environmental awards and honorable mentions. Environmental sustainment and enhancement projects include Salmonid Fish Feeding, Beaver Creek Legacy Program, Tank Farm Reforestation, and the Olympia Oyster Restoration.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound celebrated the final phase of the Beaver Creek restoration program earlier this year, providing a habitat for enhanced fish migration to help endangered salmon successfully breed. "We look forward to seeing more and more migrating salmon return each year to Manchester," Lt. Harper stated.
As we depart Manchester, in the heart of South Puget Sound salmon fishing, we head to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Operations Department is the primary point of contact for logistics coordination, customer service and support to the fleet, with the command's largest customers, Navy aircraft carriers.
"we provide routine and priority material and provisions support to home-ported, overhaul, and visiting carriers both at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton and Naval Station Everett including logistics support to the home-ported carrier Beach Detachments," said Operations Department Director, Lt. Cmdr. Derwin Proby. "In conjunction with Defense Logistics Agency Distribution's Material Processing Center, we receive, sort and schedule distribution of National Stock Numbered (NSN) and Open Purchase material to support the fleet. NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound also provides warehouse storage to carriers undergoing Docking-Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) in Bremerton.
"In addition, we provide pharmaceutical and medical supply support to DPIA home-ported carriers," he added. "Our Logistics Support Representative (LSR) acts as the Medical Supplies Contracting Officers Representative (COR) to the ship receiving and processing medical supplies as well as cold chain pharmaceuticals."
Leaving the aircraft carriers at the pier, we turn our eyes skyward as we head to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island. You can choose two routes, a four-hour commute up Interstate 5, or a two-hour, 15 minute drive and then Washington State ferry ride to the home station for 60 percent of the Navy's special mission aircraft.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound's Aviation Support Department, Whidbey Island, was merged with the NAVSUP enterprise in 1995, and is responsible for all the traditional supply roles associated with all" station operations, including aviation supply support, warehouse management, fuels, bachelor housing, and the galley.
The Aviation Support Department provides supply and material support to 21 aviation squadrons, spanning five type/model/series aircraft, both state side and deployed. Whidbey Island warehouse support includes receiving, warehousing, issuing, and transporting aviation-related material, consumable, aviation DLR, and related parts, worldwide - efforts which were applauded and highlighted as Whidbey Island was awarded Commander Naval Air Force's 2011 Ashore "Blue E" for Supply Excellence.
In addition to flight line support, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound is also responsible for the fuels division at Whidbey Island, operating a nearly four-million gallon storage facility for JP-8 jet fuel. Fuel responsibilities include the delivery of the fuel-by-fuel truck or via one of the four aircraft fueling lanes, commonly referred to as "hot pits."
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound also provides support to base operations through the military management of the Admiral Nimitz Dining Facility and the Unaccompanied Housing complex. Both of these divisions have experienced numerous achievements, most notably being selected as the 2011 Ney Award runner-up and the Region's nomination for the 2012 competition and receiving CNIC's "A List Award" for Service Excellence, recognizing bachelor-housing operations.
Capt. Bill Power, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Commanding Officer, said the command is diligent in their support of the NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Commander's goals of providing combat capability through "logistics, and in maintaining the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Commander's commitment to the warfighter by providing exceptional support to our industrial, Regional and Fleet customers in the Pacific Northwest."
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"FLC Puget Sound is a well kept secret - a quiet giant supporting one of the largest fleet concentrations in the continental United States, including carriers, submarines, ships and naval aircraft."
- Captain William Power, Commanding Officer NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound
By Patrick "Tiny" Del Grosso
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Director of Corporate Communications
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