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USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) Department & Divisions


As set forth in U. S. Navy Regulations, the Commanding Officer is charged with the absolute responsibility for the safety, well-being, and efficiency of his command, except when and to the extent he may be relieved therefrom by competent authority.

The duties and responsibilities of the Commanding Officer are established by U. S. Navy Regulations, general orders, customs, and tradition. The authority of the Commanding Officer is commensurate with his responsibility, subject to the limitations prescribed by constitutional, statutory, international, and regulatory law including U. S. Navy Regulations.

The Executive Officer is the direct representative of the Commanding Officer. All orders issued by him will have the same force and effect as though issued by the Commanding Officer. The Executive Officer will conform to and carry out the policies and orders of the Commanding Officer and shall keep him informed of all significant matters pertaining to the command. The Executive Officer shall be primarily responsible under the Commanding Officer for the organization, performance of duty, and good order and discipline of the entire command.

The Executive Officer will assume command should the need arise.

The Command Master Chief is the enlisted advisor to the command on the formulation and implementation of policies pertinent to morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization and training of all enlisted personnel and as such the Command Master Chief has direct access to the Commanding Officer. The Command Master Chief takes precedence over all other enlisted members within a command.

Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department - AIMD

AIMD is responsible for providing Intermediate Level maintenance and support for embarked squadrons and aircraft. AIMD provides support equipment for aircraft weapons handling and servicing, and material handling. AIMD provides calibration, oil analysis, and non destructive inspection services for aviation and surface activities. Additionally, AIMD maintains 72 work and living spaces aboard the ship, including squadron maintenance and troop berthing spaces. Aircraft supported by AIMD include the CH-46, UH-1, AH-1, AV-8, and CH-53.

IM1: Administrative Services
IM1 is staffed to perform several essential tasks within AIMD. Primarily administrative in function, IM1 is the heartbeat and catalyst of the production effort. After verification and update of repair capabilities records, they ensure that all production is routed to the appropriate work center and parts are requisitioned to ensure the expeditious repair of inducted items. They ensure the accurate documentation of all maintenance actions and analyze historical maintenance data in an effort to improve efficiency. They maintain logs and records accurately to ensure the safe utilization of safety of flight critical aircraft components. Through an established Quality Assurance work center, IM1 is additionally responsible for ensuring strict compliance with all naval aviation maintenance programs and maintaining an accurate library of technical publications.

Work centers in IM1: Production Control, Logs and Records, Data Analysis, Material Control, IMRL, Maintenance Administration, Quality Assurance (QA), Central Technical Publications Library

IM2: General Maintenance Division
With it's host of work centers, IM2 is capable of repairing and manufacturing aircraft components for embarked squadrons. Staffed by highly skilled mechanics and technicians, IM2 has capabilities to repair helicopter and AV-8 Harrier engines, propulsion systems, aircraft structures, hydraulic systems and aircrew survival gear. IM2 also operates state of the art oil analysis and non-destructive inspection laboratories to assist in the discovery of damage to critical aircraft components prior to failure in flight.

Work centers in IM2: Airframes, Tire and Wheel, Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI), Hydraulics, Power Plants, Oil Analysis Laboratory, Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS)

IM3: Avionics Division
The Work centers in the IM3 Division troubleshoot and repair the Avionics, Instrumentation, Armament, and Testing Equipment for embarked aircraft. Primarily performing at an intermediate level of maintenance, IM3 also assists organizational level activities in on-aircraft troubleshooting. In addition, IM3 provides calibration services for all shipboard and aircraft test, measuring, and diagnostic equipment onboard the BELLEAU WOOD.

Work centers in IM3: Maintenance functions, Communications, Navigation, Electrical Repair, Battery Locker, Calibration Laboratory, Armament

IM4: Support Equipment
The Support Equipment Division is responsible for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of over 200 pieces of aircraft handling, servicing, crash and salvage, material handling, and maintenance related equipment. The division also provides training and licensing courses for all types of aviation support and material handling equipment held on board for all ships in the Amphibious Ready Group. IM4 controls the use of all SE through an issue and receipt program designed to ensure adherence to operator qualification requirements.

Work centers in IM4: SE Production Control, Aviation Support Equipment, Material Handling Equipment, Aviation Weapons Support Equipment

AD: Aviation Machinist Mate (Aircraft Power Plants)
AE: Aviation Electrician's Mate (Battery Locker, Aircraft Navigation Systems)
AK: Aviation Storekeeper
AMH: Aviation Structural Mechanic, Hydraulic
AMS: Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
AO: Aviation Ordnanceman
AS: Aviation Support Equipment Technician
AT: Aviation Electronics Technician (Cal Lab, Radios, Electronics)
ET: Electronics Technician (Cal Lab)
AZ: Aviation Maintenance Administration
PR: Aircrew Survival Equipmentman

Air Department

The Air Department consists of three divisions (V-1, V-3, V-4). Our mission is to support the Air Combat Element with flight operations, employing Helicopters and AV-8 (jump jet aircraft).

V-1 Division: Consists of Aircraft Handling and Crash and Salvage. Their primary mission is to launch, recover, and move aircraft in support of flight operations, and maintenance requirements. Crash and Salvage is responsible for the rapid response to rescue personnel, combat flight deck fires and other emergencies, and salvage aircraft as necessary to prepare the flight deck for sustaining air operations after a mishap.

V-3 Division: The Hangar Deck is responsible for the movement of aircraft and firefighting on the Hangar Bay in support of flight operations, and maintenance requirements. They coordinate all maintenance and functions that occur in the hangar.

V-4 Division: The Aviation Fuels Division is responsible for the contamination free, expeditious fueling of all aircraft, ground support equipment, and well deck landing craft or assault craft. V-4 Division primarily works top-side maintaining all flight deck fueling stations and associated equipment, and also is responsible for maintaining the pump rooms and associated equipment, repairing and pumping JP-5 to fueling system/stations located on the flight deck, hangar deck, and well deck.

Combat Systems Department

Combat Systems Department provides the following Command services: self defense against air and surface threats, primary response to unauthorized access or acts of terrorism against the Command, Naval Gunfire support as required by the landing force, maintenance and support of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems. Additionally the department provides support for Belleau Wood and any embarked unit's ordnance requirements.

Combat Cargo Department

The Combat Cargo Office provides liaison to the Commanding Officer and to the landing force in matters pertaining to embarkation aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD. Specific areas of expertise include embarkation planning and preparation, unit onload, ship-to-shore movement via helicopters and landing craft, loading and stowage of cargo and equipment, troop and officer berthing and messing, shipboard augmentation, landing force office management, Landing Force Operational Reserve Material (LFORM) management, and logistics support afloat. Lesser duties include supporting Vertical Replenishments at Sea (RAS) coordinating Opportune Lift from port to port, shipboard security board member, Flight Deck Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (FDHDIP) review board member, and assistant for planning Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO).

The following personnel are assigned to the Combat Cargo force:

Combat Cargo Officer. A Limited Duty Officer Captain (0430 MOS) billet, he is an advisor to the Commanding Officer and liaison officer to the landing force and embarking agencies, ensures support listed above is executed safely and efficiently. Prepares and maintains Ship Loading Characteristics Pamphlet (SLCP), Troop Regulations, and required messages to assist embarkation coordination. Coordinates ship- to-shore movement from the Debarkation Control Office on the 07 level.

Senior Combat Cargo Assistant. A Master Sergeant (0491 MOS) billet, he is the senior enlisted coordinator and primary assistant to accomplishing the tasks listed above. A key player in the orchestrating berthing and office turnover from department heads to the landing force.

Combat Cargo Assistant (Flight Deck). A Gunnery Sergeant (0491 MOS) billet, he coordinates and executes all troop and cargo movements on the Flight Deck. Manages a 15 man shipboard One Alpha team and a 21 man embarked Ship’s Platoon to accomplish personnel staging and movement, cargo loading and casualty handling to/from helicopters on the Flight Deck. A demanding billet that requires levelheaded decisiveness during flight operations. Manages flight deck operations from the Helicopter Embarkation/Debarkation Office in the Flight Deck Triage area.

Combat Cargo Assistant (Well Deck). A Gunnery Sergeant (0491 MOS) billet, he coordinates and executes all troop, cargo, and vehicle movement in the Well Deck and Upper and Lower Vehicle Deck. Manages a 21 man embarked Ship’s Platoon to stage, move, and load vehicles into landing craft. A key player to loading, reconfiguring, and unloading landing force cargo and equipment to support special operations ashore. Manages vehicle and well deck operations from the Well Deck Control Office overlooking Upper Vehicle Stowage and the Well Deck.

Communications Department

"Amphibious Communications; First to Excel, First to Dominate!"
The Communications Department provides the paths for rapid, reliable and secure command, control, communications and information (C4I). The department is composed of three divisions. Signals Division (CS), Radio Division (CR) and the Marine Communications Detachment (MARCOMMDET). There are 37 enlisted (E-6 and below) sailors led by three Officers, two Chief Petty Officers and two Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officers. The Communications Officer (COMMO), a navy LDO/6190 LCDR/LT heads the department and is responsible to the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer for the organization, supervision and coordination of all the command's exterior, as well as certain interior communications.

The Signalman rating (SM) is one of the oldest in the Navy, and visual communication - the first form of nautical communications - continues undiminished in importance today. The Signalmen aboard the ship are experts in maintaining the visual communication link with semaphore flags, flashing light (Morse Code) and flaghoist. In addition to visual communications, the Signalmen are proficient in navigation; able to help pilot the ship in restricted waters and being familiar with the Rules of the Road, navigational aids and using navigational equipment. Signalmen are also skilled in voice radio operations and procedures; they are able to properly render honors and ceremonies, and they are experienced in the principles of recognition and quick to recognize personal flags and pennants of U.S. and foreign officers. In keeping with naval tradition, the Signalmen are generally considered the very smartest in military appearance and they maintain the cleanest and most orderly spaces aboard ship. BELLEAU WOOD Signalmen are famous for their innovative training which includes their version of the popular gameshow "JEOPARDY."

MARINE COMMUNICATIONS DETACHMENT "Oorah!" The Marine Corps maintains a permanent detachment of communicators aboard LHA and LHD Class ships to provide resident expertise in shipboard C4I systems to the Commander of the Landing Force (CLF) during amphibious operations. The detachment is manned by a Captain (0602), a Communications Chief (2591) who is normally a Gunnery Sergeant or Master Sergeant, and a Radio Technician (2861) who is normally a Staff Sergeant. Providing a liaison for Marine communication personnel, the MARCOMMDET assists, indoctrinates and instructs embarked Landing Force staffs in the operation of the LHA peculiar C4I systems. Specifically, the radio technician maintains the AN/VCC-2 radio set. Although antiquated by today's standards, it is still a reliable means of ship-to-ship VHF multichannel communications used extensively by the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). That is, until it is eventually replaced by the new digital multichannel radio AN/GRC-226.

RADIO DIVISION The BELLEAU WOOD Radiomen (RM) provide and maintain critical radio circuits and message processing capabilities to the ship and embarked staffs. Indeed, there are times when lives depend on the speed and reliability of the RM. Radio is divided into two main sections-Facility Control (FACCON) and Message Center.

The FACCON watch is responsible for maintaining radio circuits in support of ship's company, embarked Marines, embarked staffs and forces ashore and in the air. The circuits cover the frequency spectrum (Low, Medium and High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF) Line of Sight (LOS), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) LOS and Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Super High Frequency (SHF) SATCOM, and Extremely High Frequency (EHF) SATCOM). SHF SATCOM especially has launched shipboard communications into the 21st century, utilizing sufficient bandwidth to provide for secure Stanford Telephones (STEL) , Plain Old Telephones (POTS), FAX capability, Non-classified Internet Protocol Network (NIPRNET) which allows shipboard access to the "World Wide WEB" (WWW), Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNET), Joint Deployable Intelligence Support System (JDISS) and the Contingency Tactical Automated Planning System (CTAPS).

The Message Center watch is responsible for providing a naval message processing service to customers on the ship. The primary facilitator of their duties is the Naval Modular Automated Communications System-II (NAVMACS-II). NAVMACS-II is a military communications processor that provides message services to end users as well as C4I systems. It receives, stores, distributes and transmits internal and external messages automatically using interfaces to multiple external systems of the Defense Message System (DMS), land lines and radio circuits. It also interfaces to local area networks (LAN) within the ship, such as the unclassified "Devil Dog LAN" and the classified Tactical Information Management System (TIMS) LAN. NAVMACS-II allows end users to perform a variety of tasks, based on their security clearance levels, authorizations and needs. Tasks include reading and sending messages to other user sites, configuring system databases and performing system administration. On a daily basis, the RM's process upwards of 1000 messages.

Deck Department

Deck Department is made up of two divisions plus a team of well deck cleaners and side cleaners headed by the ship's Bos'n.

First Division is responsible for boats, the B&A crane, the foc's'le, two refueling stations (one send and one receive), the starboard troop walkway, the forward section of the port troop walkway and various other spaces.

Second Division is responsible for upper and lower vehicle stowage areas, well deck center island, well deck wing walls, the canvas shop and various other spaces including a marine berthing area.

The Sides/Well Deck Team is headed by the Bos'n and a First Class Boatswain's Mate. Their sole responsibility is the preservation and upkeep of their assigned area. Manlift availability and a "steady strain" are the keys to success for these teams.

Dental Department

The mission of the Dental Department is to provide care for active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel to prevent or remedy diseases, disabilities, and injuries of the teeth, jaws, and related structures, which may directly or indirectly interfere with operational readiness and the performance of military duties.

Engineering Department

The Engineering Department consists of six divisions with a diverse assortment of responsibilities. The department is made up of twelve officers, thirteen CPO's and 180 enlisted (E-6 and below) Sailors. Work in engineering is usually in hot spaces with machinery and a multitude of moving parts. Specific divisional responsibilities are as follows:

AUXILIARIES DIVISION (A-GANG): Known as "fresh air snipes", they have equipment from one end of the ship to the other. They are responsible for and maintain the following: steering gear, anchor windlass, laundry and galley equipment, hot water heaters, all diesel engines and associated equipment, ballast/deballast air compressors, low pressure and high pressure air compressor systems, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, the ship's winches and ramps, cargo/weapons elevators, both the deck edge and aft aircraft elevators to name a few. Many A-gangers have attended specialty courses and are bonafide experts in their field.

ELECTRICAL DIVISION (E-DIV): The electricians also maintain a wide variety of equipment throughout the ship. Examples are: all motors and associated controllers, all switchboards and associated distribution panels, degaussing, all lighting circuitry, navigation and aviation lighting, essentially most everything that runs off electricity is owned by the EM's. They operate the tool issue room and are responsible for electrical safety throughout the ship. We have the capability onboard to rewind/repair our own electric motors.

REPAIR DIVISION (R-DIV): The ship's fire fighters, welders and plumbers. Equipment under their cognizance include: ballast/deballast console/tank systems, repair locker inventory and maintenance on the same, machine shop and the weld shop. The division is made up of Damage Controlmen (DC), Hull Maintenance Technicians (HT) and Machinery Repairmen (MR's). They conduct all piping repairs and manufacture parts if not readily available in the supply system. Jack of all trades, these individuals can fix about anything.

MAIN PROPULSION (3 DIVISIONS; MP1, MP2, MP3): Propulsion divisions maintain the ship's 720 PSI propulsion boilers and associated equipment. The boilers provide steam to the main turbines and reduction gears which propel BELLEAU WOOD through the water, The steam is used throughout the ship for a variety of items such as cooking and doing laundry. The propulsion spaces are hot and loud and a special kind of Sailor works there. The Boiler Technicians (BT) and Machinist Mates (MM) work hand in hand performing maintenance and repairs to main space machinery. A common phrase you may hear down below is "IT ALL RUNS ON STEAM!"

Executive Department

The Executive Department is composed of two divisions. Administrative Division (AD) and Law Enforcement Division (LE) with over 40 Sailors in eight different enlisted ratings providing administrative support, service record maintenance, physical security, administers and manages personnel programs, manpower and good order and discipline programs for over 1,200 officers and enlisted personnel.

The Administrative Division with several work centers and executive special assistants that include:

- The Administrative Office: Prepare and process all command correspondence, maintain command directives and case files, process all outgoing official mail; maintain command action tickler.

- The Captain's Office: Process and track all personal awards; maintain over 70 officer service records; manages and prepares all E-7 and above fitness reports; prepares and manages the Commanding Officer's schedule.

- The Personnel Office: Maintain over 1,100 enlisted service record including 40 records from ACU-1 Detachment embarked on board BELLEAU WOOD, track and maintain accountability of personnel and manpower issues; process and prepare over 400 transfers and receipts (annually), separations, leave papers and pay documents. Prepares, process and manage the command TAD orders, travel claims and reports. Maintain the command SNAP 3 personnel database.

- The Education Services Office: Prepares and process documents, service record entries and advancement worksheets. Coordinates and conduct navywide exam (over 800 exams annually), processed advancement documents and good conduct awards.

- The Chaplain's Office: Conducts and coordinates command religious programs, including daily and weekly religious worship and study opportunities. Provides counseling and referral services. Facilitates Burials at Sea, Casualty Assistance Calls Officer and Critical Incident Stress Debrief training. Processes American Red Cross messages. Liaisons with other military and civilian religious programs. Organizes command's community relations projects and tiger cruises. Maintains and manages the ship's 4,000 volume library.

- The Command Career Counselor: Overall responsible for the command retention programs.

- The Sponsor Program: Tracks and manages the command Sponsor Program and Indoctrination Division Course.

The Law Enforcement Division is composed of Master-at-Arms Force and the Legal Office.

The Master-at-Arms Force is overall responsible for the command physical security programs and posture. Manage several good order and discipline program.

The Legal Office process and prepares all legal documentation associated with Nonjudicial Punishment; Court-Martials, Administrative Discharge Boards; Power of Attorney and other legal assistant services. 

Medical Department

The Medical Department is one of the largest of any ship currently afloat with two primary and two secondary Operating Rooms, a seventeen bed Intensive Care Unit and a forty eight bed Primary Ward. There is also a 250 bed overflow ward in the troop berthing area immediately forward of Medical. There are two X-Ray suites adjacent to the Main Medical Triage area, a Pharmacy which currently stocks over 500 line items, a physical therapy room with whirlpools and sitz bath, and a Biomedical Repair Shop. Our laboratory is equipped with a chemistry analyzer, coulter counter, automated blood gas analyzer and microbiology capability. With the two blood bank freezers, we can store 1,000 units of frozen blood at -85 degrees Celsius for up to 10 years, and can process six units every 30 minutes for emergency usage.

Ship's company medical staff consists of one General Medical Officer (Department Head), one Medical Administrative Officer (Division Officer), a Chief Hospital Corpsman Independent Duty Corpsman (LCPO/8425), a Chief Hospital Corpsman Medical/Dental Administrative Technician (8424), one Advanced Laboratory Technician (8506), one Advanced Biomedical Repair Technician (8478), two Preventive Medicine Technicians (8432), two Operating Room Technicians (8483), one Pharmacy Technicians (8482), one Aviation Medicine Technician (8406), one Basic X-ray Technician (8451), and six General Duty Corpsman (0000). 

Navigation Department

The Navigation Department is responsible for ensuring the safe navigation of the ship on both the high seas and in restricted waters. The Department is comprised of the Navigator, a Senior Chief Quartermaster, and seven additional Quartermasters ranging in rank from First Class Petty Officer to Seaman Recruit. Each member of the department has been schooled in the art of navigation and stands watch advising the Captain and other bridge watch officers on the safe navigation of the ship. To accomplish this we utilize navigation techniques that range from the days of sail to the current space age. In addition to practicing the art of navigation, the department also plans transit between ports and prepares the charts for amphibious operations. Besides being accomplished navigators, we also provide the skilled helmsmen required for battle conditions.

To determine ship's position at sea we use Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites as well as the ancient art of celestial navigation. While GPS is a highly accurate system, and provides the ship's position instantaneously, we practice celestial navigation because it is also accurate, and is not susceptible to the possibility of a loss of electrical power. Besides, celestial navigation is an ancient, elegant method which has been used since the days of Columbus and is an integral part of the Quartermaster rate.

When entering and leaving port we use visual sights on navigation aids such as light houses, towers, and rocks to fix the ship's position. In the event of fog or other instances of reduced visibility we use radar to fix our position. Once our position has been determined we determine the effects of wind and current and recommend course corrections to keep the ship on a safe track and off the rocks and shoals.

While the Navigation Department may be small compared to the rest of the ship, we have a huge responsibility to the safety of the ship. The Quartermasters take great pride in their work and consider themselves the best in Seventh Fleet.

Operations Department

The Operations Department is composed of five divisions which provide BELLEAU WOOD with operational coordination, intelligence analysis, tactical and combat information, air traffic control, meteorologic support, official photography, and training support. Operations Department is the nerve center for all operational and shipboard evolutions.

The Weather Office (OA Division) is the center of environmental support for the PHIBRON and MEU. The #1 responsibility for an Aerographer's Mate (AG) is reporting, and more importantly, accurately forecasting the local weather scene. Knowing weather conditions at sea is vital for the safe operation of any sea going vessel but double important for a ship like BELLEAU WOOD which may launch aircraft or send troops ashore at any time. OA Division products are oftentimes directly responsible for operational "go" or "no go" decisions.

The Helicopter Direction Center (HDC), OC Division, one the ship's smallest divisions, is responsible for providing safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic within the ship's control area (50 nautical miles). The HDC is the information and nerve center of air traffic control within the ships operational area. Air Traffic Controller's (AC) post and update status boards which contain information on all aircraft; as well as man radar scopes where all departing and arriving aircraft are controlled.

The Combat Information Center (CIC) is "the eye's and ear's" of the ship. OI Division provides the organized collection, display, competent evaluation, and rapid dissemination of pertinent tactical information to command and control stations. To accomplish this, the Operations Specialists (OS) is trained in the use of radars, radar repeaters, voice radio, radio detection finders, and IFF, as well as the interpretation of Operation Orders and message traffic. The Tactical Actions Officer (TAO) uses this information to make decisions and recommendations to the Commanding Officer and the Bridge Watch Team concerning ship's weapons deployment, combat maneuvering, and special navigation.

The ship's Training Office is another division of the Operations Department. OT Division is responsible for managing all aspects of ship's training from obtaining Navy course curriculum and quotas, personnel professional advancement requirements, and off-duty college courses to scheduling transportation, lodging and finances for ship's personnel while under temporary duty for training.

OZ Division is comprised of three distinct work centers made up of personnel from five rates; the Joint Intelligence Center (JIC) - Intelligence Specialists (IS); Ship's signals Exploitation Space (SSES) - Cryptologic Technician (Communications (CTO)), Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance (CTM)) and Cryptologic Technician (Administrative (CTA)); Photo Lab - Photographer's Mates (PH).

Joint Intelligence Center (JIC). IS's analyze, and disseminate derived intelligence information which Commanders use to make decision concerning the mission and mission security.

Ship's Signals Exploitation Space (SSES). CT's collect, analyze, report to fleet and national level consumers, and disseminate information derived from all source intelligence.

The Photo Lab provides a wide variety of photographic support to JIC, embarked staff's and squadrons, as well as the Public Affairs Officer (PAO). PH's provide pictures for intelligence exploitation, accidents, roster boards, award packages, reenlistments, public news releases, foreign port visits, and general documentation of shipboard life for use throughout the Navy and inclusion in the Navy Photographic Archives in Washington, D.C. 

Safety Department

The purpose of the Safety Department is to fulfill command safety goals by identifying hazards and their causes, determining hazard trends and submitting appropriate recommendations for corrective action. This includes regular shipboard safety training in the prevention of injuries and mishaps, mishap investigation, mishap reporting, and the distribution of safety information including "lessons learned" from official and non-official sources.

The safety program involves all levels of the chain of command to consistently reduce the number of mishaps. The reduction is accomplished by promoting a ship-wide environment in which the free and rapid exchange of information related to safety hazards is enhanced and encouraged. Belleau Wood maintains a consistently high level of safety awareness through quality safety training and positive, aggressive, and proactive involvement. By ensuring the prompt identification, elimination, control, and correction of workplace hazards a safe and healthful working environment is ensured for all hands. 

Supply Department


Stock Control's mission is to ensure ship's financial resources are managed to achieve maximum readiness and to ensure all load-list and demand-based material is onboard in the right quantity. Duties include maintaining financial control of the ship's Operating Targets (OPTARs) Supply/Equipage,  Aviation Financial Management (AFM)), and Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF) accounts.  Strict management of inventory levels is maintained on various types of materiel including Coordinated Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL),  Aviation Consolidated Allowance List (AVCAL),  Authorized Medical and Dental Allowance List (AMAL/ADAL), and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT).  Demand Based (DBI), and Type Commander (TYCOM) authorized line items.  The division also manages the ship's services account including transportation, utilities, telephone services, packaging & crating, repairs, and port services.  Annual funding for FY96 is $5 Million for Supplies & Equipage OPTAR  and $7 Million for Aircraft Operations Maintenance (AOM).


The mission of the 1998 Ney Memorial Award Winning Food Service Division is to provide the crew with and embarked troops with nutritious, eye appealing, and well balanced served under the most sanitary conditions possible and in an atmosphere conducive to good dining and high morale.  Services provided include: over 7,000 meals a day including Midnight Rations; monthly special dinners and holiday celebration meals; divisional picnics; steel beach picnics; coffee messes; box lunches (prepared for personnel who work during regular meal hours, including boat crews, flight deck crews, and shore patrol when anchored); pizza and ice cream socials (at sea); decorative cakes for re-enlistments; Change of Command and ship receptions; and support of four private messes (Flag Mess, Commanding Officer Mess, Wardroom and Chief Petty Officer Mess).


Sales & Services Division provides the crew with the best possible selection of quality merchandise at the lowest price in Ship's Store and Vending Machine operations and quality service necessary in daily shipboard living through the Laundry and Barber Shops.  Profit generated are provided to the  Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) fund to promote morale programs for  USS BELLEAU WOOD crew and embarked personnel.  Annual sales at the Ship's Store, eight Soda, two Snack, two Coffee, and one Soap Vending and twelve Game Machines exceeded $1 Million with profits contributed to MWR exceeding $100,000.  The division also provides the crew and embarked Marines a 24 hour Self Service Laundry for their personal clothing greatly enhancing crew morale.


Disbursing Division is responsible for the pay accounts of approximately 1,130 officers, enlisted and embarked staff.  Payroll is over $2.5 Million annually. Responsibilities also include special pay, allotments, Split Pay Option, Direct Deposit System (DDS) processing, check cashing, travel claims, and safekeeping deposits. Three Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) At Sea are available for the crew's direct access to their pay accounts with a 99% Direct Deposit participation rate.


The mission of the Wardroom Mess is to promote and maintain the well-being, morale, and efficiency of officers by providing dining, lodging, social, laundry and recreational facilities aboard ship. There are Hotel accommodations available for 266 officer personnel. The diversity of the division makes it one of a kind in flexibility and service.


Aviation Material Support involves a direct relationship between two highly complex organizations: aviation maintenance and supply. The complexity of this relationship requires a single point of contact: S-6 Division. S-6 Division coordinates the Supply Department, Aircraft Immediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), and Marine Air Combat Element (ACE) efforts to achieve maximum operational readiness for 24 Helicopters and 6 Harrier Jet aircraft. The division has two sections, Supply Response Section (SRS) and Component Control Section (CCS). SRS is concerned with those functions involving direct liaison with the squadron; requisition processing and control. CCS is involved with coordinating intermediate level repair, storage and control of over 2,700 aviation and surface repairable components worth $44 Million. Maintaining an extremely close liaison with supply and maintenance, S-6 Division plays a major role in maximum ship and aircraft readiness.


The ADP Division is tasked with processing all types of data to produce reports and accounts of the ships Shipboard Uniform Automated Data Processing System (SUADPS), Operational Maintenance Management System (OMMS), Administration (ADMIN), Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System (NALCOMIS), & Aviation 3M using the Ported SNAP -I computer system.  In addition, ADP Division is charged with the security, maintenance, and inventory of the command's Automated Information System (microcomputer) assets. Currently, this includes all Ported Shipboard Non-tactical ADP Program (SNAP I) equipment, the Devil Dog Local Area Network (LAN-Novell), and access to NIPRNET & Internet.  Internet is accomplished by two Cisco 4000 routers (one for internal routing, one for external routing) and either a land-line fiber optic connection through COMLOGWESTPAC or via the ship's SHF communication system while underway.  Services provided to the crew include: personal electronic mail (email) and access to the World Wide Web via Pegasus e-mail and Netscape Web browser, commercially developed software programs.


Stores Division is responsible for: receiving, storing, maintaining, issuing, and accounting for all COSAL, AVCAL, AMAL, ADAL and demand-based items in support the USS BELLEAU WOOD's mission. Spaces include 28 storerooms with more than 28,000 line items. Stores Division also maintains SEAMART, an afloat fast moving consumable items "shopping store".  Regularly scheduled inventories and location audits are conducted to maintain necessary records and files for effective inventory management and to provide the finest customer service to shipboard workcenters. Stores Division also prepares documentation to obtain material from the Navy Supply System and the Defense Logistics Agency; to include SERVMARTS, DRMO. Moreover, the division has developed a strong direct liaison with inventory managers to assist in expediting shipment and receipt of urgent material requirements. Above all,  Stores Division ensures the ship and the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are combat-ready by providing critical repair parts  to successfully support the mission.


The mission of the HAZMAT Division is to minimize and control the amount of hazardous material being used onboard the ship.  The HAZMAT Division is responsible for requisitioning, controlling, receiving and storing hazardous materials and disposal of used hazardous material.  This effort is accomplished by consolidating all HAZMAT into a cental issue point which is accessible 24 hours a day. The division manages the shelf-life of all hazardous material, ensuring re-utilization of material where possible to minimize cost and quantity of hazardous material on board.  The division is comprised of sailors from all major departments on board.  This unique way of manning the division ensures at least one technician has knowledge of the diverse equipment, material identification, and departmental needs throughout the ship.  Combined with the knowledge of these personnel, strong customer support, and stringent issue procedures, a very strong re-utilization program was developed.  Since the initial establishment of the HAZMAT Division, the issue of hazardous material was reduced by 50%, saving the Navy approximately $25,000 quarterly.  This program also minimizes the amount of hazardous and flammable material stored in ready services lockers throughout the ship.  HAZMAT Division also provides all workcenters and personnel working with hazardous materials information and references on proper use, handling, disposal and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for their job.


The mission of the Post Office is to provide complete postal support to the crew, staff, embarked marines for the entire Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). Duties include the development and support of postal logistics on shore and at sea; including receipt, consolidation and dispatch of all incoming/outgoing mail for the ARG (over 320,000 pounds of mail annually). Postal finance and window services include daily stamp and money order sales (over $450,000 annually); certified, insured and registered mail services, directory and mail orderly procedures; philatelic, claims and inquiry functions. Postal operations directly impact morale and official postal requirements for the BELLEAU WOOD ARG is evident when the Passenger, Mail, Cargo (PMC) flights arrive daily off the coasts of Okinawa and other foreign countries like Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.


The Print Shop is the only full service printing facility in the Sasebo area and provides a complete range of printing services to the ship, staff and embarked units. The Print Shop is also regularly called upon to produce printing projects for other commands as well, including ships and shore commands.  The printing and drafting sections  provide services  including reproduction of printed material in single or multi-color, bindery services, layout and design of graphics or printing projects. These services include forms, booklets, instructions, cards, self-adhesive labels, and printing on carbonless, parchment, or other special papers. Bindery services include stitching, folding, cutting, collating, padding and hole drilling. The drafting section produces training charts and posters, camera-ready artwork for printing jobs, computer graphics design, technical drawings and general official artwork. In general, the print shop can provide the same high quality services as a Defense Printing Service on a smaller scale.

Although the total output of the shop varies with the ship's printing requirements, the number of impressions per month average 60,000. The print shop receives an average of 75 to 90 individual print requests per month. The largest single job within the last year was for 64,000 impressions.

The Supply Quality Assurance Division is non-traditional in it's recent inception; strong and very pro-active. Although the core mission is to provide an impartial review and assessment of the department's performance vis-à-vis Type Commanders and ship's standards, the Division also exercises a very active first-hand role in taking corrective actions to improve the services provided to the crew and embarked units throughout the many divisions of Supply Department. 

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