When you have read and understood this chapter, you should be able to answer
following learning objectives:
. Define the purpose of the Navy supply system.
. Explain the purpose and use of allowance lists.
. Describe the methods used to identify material.
l Describe the procedures used to procure repair parts.
Most Navy supervisors do not understand the
Navy supply system well enough to use it effectively
and this chapter should help you improve your
understanding. While the engineer officer is
responsible for supply in the engineering department,
this chapter is addressed to all engineering
supervisors whether they are engineer officers or new
chief petty officers. You need to know how the system
works, and how NAVSEA uses the system to supply
the engineering departments in Navy ships. This
chapter provides only general information because
supply officers are responsible for the logistics of
supply. However, the supply officer cannot do the job
without the cooperation of all departments on the ship.
The specific procedures are described in publications
issued by NAVSUP, NAVSEA, and NAVELEX.
THE NAVYS SUPPLY SUPPORT
The supply support system is responsible for the
procurement, storage, delivery, and accountability of
materials used in the Navy. It is part of a larger supply
structure called the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
which is established at the Department of Defense (DOD)
level. The DLA is responsible for centralized management
of specified common-use commodities or services for the
entire DOD. It eliminates duplication and overlapping of
effort, cuts costs, and improves the effectiveness of supply
service operations throughout the DOD. The DLA and its
field organizations manage categories of commonly used
items in the areas of subsistence, clothing and textiles,
military general supplies, petroleum, military construction
and automotive equipment, the common services of traffic
management, and surplus sales.
The DLA owns and controls bulk stocks of a
designated commodity, and each service submits its
requirements for that commodity to the DLA. After
matching requirements against stocks on hand, the DLA
computes the overall requirement for the Department of
Defense and buys accordingly.
For categories of material designated for DLA
managership, the Navy establishes a retail office instead
of a supply demand control point (SDCP). This office
serves as inventory manager for Navy-owned stocks and
determines Navy requirements for the designated
material. Each Navy stocking activity reports its net
requirements for the material to the Navy retail office,
which combines the reports received to establish
Navywide requirements and submits them to DLA. The
following lists summarize the division of functions
between the DLA and the individual services:
The DLA has the following responsibilities:
Coordinate and determine total commodity
requirements to support the combined military
Manage large-scale stocks (called wholesale
Catalog (Federal Supply Catalog for the
Set standard pricing
Use excess material and sell surplus material
Each military service (Army, Navy, and Air Force)
has the following responsibilities:
. Determine items within commodity groups that