NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Logistics Support Center (LSC) wrapped up an extended period supporting the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) when the carrier returned to Norfolk, June 16.
According to U.S. 2nd Fleet, following a return from deployment in March after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet, Truman remained underway in the Western Atlantic during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan cycle as a certified and ready carrier force, ready for tasking.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, Truman continued operations underway while minimizing the potential spread of the virus aboard the ship, to maintain maritime stability and security and ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and collaborate interests.
Logistics Support Officer Lt. Cmdr. Chris Sands explained that the LSC would typically support the strike groups for a finite time as they depart from Naval Station Norfolk, then turned over to another Fleet Logistics Center to support as they enter their respective theaters. Following their deployment mission they would return directly back to Naval Station Norfolk and the LSC would provide all support while the unit is pier side.
With the ship remaining off the coast, that period of direct support was extended by several weeks.
“The level of premier support we provided Harry S. Truman was the same, just for an extended period of time utilizing MSC assets to support the final miles of the supply chain,” he added.
He added that this required flexibility from the logistics support representative (LSR) and subsistence prime vendor (SPV) “around the clock” to address requirements from the ship.
The LSR worked closely with the ship’s supply department to determine which requirements were on hand and coordinate to have the material delivered to the Military Sealift Command ship for weekly replenishments-at-sea (RAS). The SPV operator processed multiple provisions orders each week for delivery by RAS as well.
Sands commended LSR Jason Bly and SPV operator Lisa Meuller for their efforts in this unique period.
“Their contributions to the unit ensured the material and provisions continued to flow to support the mission and increased the quality of life onboard for all hands,” said Sands. “They are masters of their craft and a steward to the war fighter.”
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