For over ten years, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet has relied upon the Naval Supply Systems Command Inter-service Supply Support Operations Program contract to provide material processing services at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, Ca., in support of home-ported submarines and a floating dry-dock.
Last year, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Diego, CA was approached by Submarine Squadron 11, or CSS-11, to assume responsibility and management of the support services for this mission essential operation. Working closely with Submarine Pacific, CSS-11 and the DLA Distribution Business Development Team, an agreement was put in place for DLA Distribution San Diego, Calif., to assume the specialized support required by these very special national assets.
“DLA Distribution San Diego, Calif., continues to be the ‘service provider of choice’ for logistics and distribution services in the San Diego area for its reliability, value and customer service focus,” explained Navy Capt. John Soracco, commander, DLA Distribution San Diego, Calif.
Submarine Squadron 11 has evolved through the years and now has submarines which represent some of the most capable attack submarines in the world. More than 85 officers and 770 enlisted personnel, overseen by the squadron staff of approximately 25 officers and 50 enlisted personnel, man Squadron 11 units.
Additionally, Submarine Squadron 11 units maintain a very aggressive operational schedule, including training and operations with other ships in the Southern California operating area, independent operations to enhance readiness and deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. Their missions include anti-submarine, anti-surface, strike, special and mine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The submarine community is a small force with a big impact and unique capabilities for any operational commander.
On October 1, DLA Distribution took over these services under the Navy-funded, NAVSUP-sponsored, Material Processing Center program. The majority of services required are traditional MPC services - physical distribution. However, due to operational and shipboard constraints, CSS-11 requires additional services such as ashore Deport Level Repairable processing and limited short-term subsistence storage and handling.
"The deck plate coordination and team work with our customer and service provider was superb. Leveraging off the existing capabilities and skills of our contracted workforce allowed us to implement a seamless transition for our customer,” said Julie Webb, DLA Distribution San Diego, Calif., contracting officer. “I believe this is only the beginning of a successful partnership benefitting Navy Submarine Force readiness."
Navy Lt. Tucker McKenney, CSS-11 supply officer summarized “The communication has been outstanding and we look forward to the transition with your team.”