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NSA Mechanicsburg Logisticians Tour USS Carney

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Story Number: NNS080708-12
Release Date: 7/8/2008 9:05:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charley Abrams, Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Civilian and uniformed employees -- 15 in all -- from the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), Mechanicsburg, Pa., visited USS Carney (DDG 64), July 1

The destroyer, moored in conjunction with Philadelphia Independence Day observances, welcomed aboard the employees to show the operational end-point for many of their efforts conducted within the Navy's supply chain.

"[This was a] good opportunity to see how supply works from the ship's end," said Australian Navy Lt. John Potter, currently working for the NAVICP as part of an international officer exchange program.

Participants got a first-hand look at who and what they were supporting from their offices at the Central Pennsylvania Navy Depot.

Storekeeper 1st Class Joseph Melton greeted them and explained it was nice to be able to place faces with the names that the e-mails often when doing business.

Tour participant Diana Garcia, who works as a logistics management specialist, defined her job at NSA Mechanicsburg as "taking care of provisions and procedures." A ship sends her an order; she finds the source, buys the item and fulfills the order.

Inventory manager, Delmar Meddan, explained the process through which a ship contacts him for supplies. He orders, redirects or repairs necessary parts. If a part is unavailable, he contacts operational ships worldwide. Meddan's work directly affected Carney when all the DDG-class fuel nozzles were replaced.

By the end of the tour, the ship's company and base employees said they better understood and appreciated each other.

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