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TR Supply Department Prepares to Open New Galleys

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120928-09

By Seaman Eric Norcross, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) Supply Department started receiving larger amounts of food stores Sept. 27 in preparation for the opening of new galleys aboard the ship.

TR Sailors currently receive basic allowance for sustenance (BAS), which will end Oct. 1 as the ship opens its Chiefs Mess.

"We have been working a modified menu to take care of who we're feeding in the shipyard right now, with Sailors still receiving BAS and being able to go out and purchase food," said Master Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Stephan Jones. "With BAS going away on Oct. 1, we will be ordering more food to accommodate the increased amount of Sailors now eating aboard the ship."

Beginning Sept. 27, larger shipments of food began arriving onboard TR as the ship switches over to the Navy-wide, 21-day meal cycle.

"We bring in food stores every Tuesday and Thursday, for the most part," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Robert Westphal. "Usually we only receive six pallets of food. [We just received] 65 pallets, totaling almost $150,000."

When a shipment arrives, Westphal and his cargo team from Supply Department's S-2 Division have the task of getting the food from the hangar bay to the storerooms located several decks down.

"The shipyard workers deliver them to the hangar bay. Then we send them down to the storerooms with the support of A Division from Engineering Department, who helps us man the conveyors," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Christopher Stebbins, S-2's cargo supervisor.

When storerooms are completely stocked, the fully-manned ship can be fed for 90 days. Currently five of 12 storerooms are available, but more are expected to open in the coming weeks, according to Stebbins.

"The more galleys we open up, the more food we need," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Joseph Nunley, part of TR's cargo team. "The more food we need, the more storerooms we need."

While there is a push to get more storerooms turned over to S-2 Division to become closer to fully operational, the need for these additional spaces is not imperative at this time.

"Yes, the increase amount of food we order will lead to more storerooms opening up," said Jones. "However, we can support it with the holding areas we have right now."

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