MSC delivers turkeys in time for Thanksgiving

Military Sealift Command’s 31 Combat Logistics Force ships really are the logistics backbone of Navy operations at sea, providing the gas, guns and groceries to keep combatant ships operating forward.

 This Thanksgiving USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) got the opportunity to do a little more, bringing some extra holiday cheer to the crew of USS Shiloh (CG 67), sailing in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Shiloh requested additional turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. With a detour for Ericsson, MSC’s new, sophisticated logistics process, and logistics personnel working hard behind the scenes, MSC successfully made the delivery on Thanksgiving day.

The ship’s request went through MSC’s CLF Load Management System, launched in August 2011 and fully implemented by October 2012. Combat Logistics Force Officers, like Navy Cmdr. Roscoe Porter in the Far East, are critical to the process, overseeing teams that optimize resource management and ultimately improve service to customer ships, like Shiloh.

Greater efficiency in delivery is achieved in part because CLF ship inventories worldwide are now monitored from six global, centralized locations ashore. From these locations, CLOs use state-of-the-art computer technology to make sure the right supplies – turkeys included – are delivered from CLF ships like Ericsson to other Navy vessels at sea.

Although Shiloh decided to have its big turkey dinner on Friday, the food service team aboard Ericsson was also prepared to send over the turkeys – fully cooked and ready to eat – on Thanksgiving day.

“Not only were we able to accomplish getting them turkey for Thanksgiving, but offered to cook the birds before delivery via underway replenishment,” said Porter. “Superb customer service, above and beyond!”




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