Rear Admiral Duke Heinz
Capt. David Ludwa
MISSION: Provide our Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces program and supply support for the weapon systems that keep our naval forces mission ready.
A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP WSS is the U.S. Navy’s only Program Support Inventory Control Point and supply chain manager providing worldwide support to aviation, surface ship and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines and the Norfolk, Virginia, site provides transportation and distribution and price-fighting expertise.
Aviation support has a rich history, dating to 1917 with the establishment of the Naval Aircraft Factory at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. To support the expanding and complex naval air system, Aviation Supply Office was founded Oct. 1, 1941, with 200 civilian employees and 14 officers at the Naval Aircraft Factory in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In December 1942, ASO was given its own home within the Naval Aviation Supply Depot. By the end of 1945, the depot boasted 5,332 civilians, 507 officers and 676 enlisted personnel. The Philadelphia site primarily focuses on aviation and weapon system support. Among the aircraft supported are the F/A-18 and the V-22, as well as various engines, common avionics and support equipment.
On Oct. 2, 1995, the Naval Inventory Control Point was established with the merging of the former ASO in Philadelphia and Ships Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg. The purpose of this merger was to bring together all of the Navy’s Program Support Inventory Control Point functions under a single command. The merger resulted in reduced costs and infrastructure, as well as standardized and more efficient inventory management procedures throughout the supply chain.
In October 2002, the U.S. Navy Price Fighters, recognized as the Department of Defense’s world-class cost and pricing providers who directly support OSD’s Better Buying Power initiatives, became part of NAVSUP WSS. The group is in Norfolk, Virginia.
On July 1, 2011, NAVICP’s name changed to NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support as a result of a Naval Supply Systems Command’s enterprise-wide branding initiative.
In October 2014, the transportation and distribution department transitioned from NAVSUP Global Logistics Support to NAVSUP WSS and became the command’s N3. N3 is responsible for the efficient, cost-effective and safe movement of naval personnel and cargo. Like the Price Fighters, N3 is in Norfolk, Virginia.
NAVSUP WSS business is Navy readiness. By understanding the complexity of Navy weapon systems program support and life cycle management, NAVSUP WSS is responsive, responsible and accountable to the fleet and Navy leadership and directly contributes to Navy readiness and wartime dominance.