Story by Matthew Jones on 07/25/2019Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support and Military Sealift Command are rolling out an overhauled Fleet Issue Load List to optimize logistics support for deployed surface combatants.
Prior to this initiative, the Fleet Issue Load List, or FILL, contained approximately 500 high-demand consumable items, which are positioned onboard dry-cargo-and-ammunition ships, known as T-AKEs.
In March 2018, the Navy established a working group to study a possible reintroduction of Class IX Navy and DLA-managed repair parts and components to the FILL, which had previously focused more on consumables and less on repairables.
"The fleet requested this update to improve readiness by increasing targeted sustainment afloat in support of dynamic force employment, said Gregg Wendte, lead supply systems analyst at NAVSUP WSS. "Essentially, the fleet would have more of what they need, where they need it, when they need it."
Since the inception of the working group, stakeholders from U. S. Pacific Fleet Command, U. S. Fleet Forces Command, Military Sealift Command, and NAVSUP have conducted multiple studies on deployed unit demand.
"The first step was to define the requirements and criteria for identifying viable parts to include in the FILL," said Wendte. "We analyzed multiple fleet readiness project optimization considerations, and ultimately developed plans to implement these changes and conduct a deliberate shift toward the increased inclusion of repairables."
Working with NAVSUP WSS Integrated Weapons System Teams, or IWSTs, N4 then identified viable repairable candidates and determine their material availability for placement onboard T-AKEs as part of the FILL allowance product. Finally, the NAVSUP WSS Comptroller to develop the budget requirements and secure Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF) funding.
"The new FILL expands and broadens the scope of underway replenishment support for deployed surface combatants," said Wendte. It includes approximately 1200 high-demand consumable, repairable components and maintenance-related items to be carried onboard all 12 T-AKEs. Additionally, three T-AKEs will serve as prototype ships to carry an additional inventory of approximately 60 high-demand NAVSUP WSS managed depot-level repairables.
NAVSUP WSS N4 is finalizing the Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Afloat Requisitioning Guide Overseas, commonly known as CARGO, and incorporating the new FILL allowance products for publication to the fleet. They are also developing improved metrics to monitor FILL allowance product performance and steer future revisions to the FILL.
The FILL is built and managed by NAVSUP WSS N4 using the Readiness Suite application. The list is updated annually using Navy ERP Combat Logistics Force demand data from the T-AKE fleet.
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