DVIDS – News – NAVSUP Commander visits the US Navy’s only operational logistics support site in Europe’s High North


DEFENSE MUNITIONS CROMBIE, Scotland, UK – At its Cooperative Security Location (CSL) at Defense Munitions (DM) Crombie, Scotland, UK, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella (NAVSUP FLCSI) is expanding its capabilities logistics to support the United States Navy and allied ships, submarines, aircraft, and expeditionary forces deploying and operating in the European Far North, the Baltic Sea, the Arctic Circle, and the Greenland, Iceland, and Kingdom Gap -United.

In October 2022, Rear Admiral Peter Stamatopoulos, Commander NAVSUP and 49th Chief of Supply Corps, joined other NAVSUP leaders and Rear Admiral Patrick S. Hayden, Director of Readiness and Logistics, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa (N4), for a tour of the US Navy’s only operational logistics support site in the European Far North and to strengthen existing relationships with some of the Royal Navy’s key logistics managers.

“This visit to our operational site at Defense Munitions Crombie exceeded my expectations. The capabilities of our NAVSUP FLC Sigonella team at the Crombie site support naval readiness and strategic objectives for the future,” said Stamatopoulos. “During our very productive discussions, I saw clear indications that our FLC Sigonella team and our British allies are urgently moving forward to increase maritime logistics capabilities in Scotland so that US and NATO commanders can have a greater confidence in these waters.”

DM Crombie serves as a multi-faceted munitions depot and maintenance support facility which is operated by civilian officials from the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD). It has a deep-water ordnance jetty and a deep-water channel to allow Royal Navy and US Navy warships and auxiliaries to moor for resupply.

UK MOD leases part of DM Crombie to NAVSUP FLCSI.

At CSL, a team of NAVSUP FLCSI logisticians and transport managers, along with their mission partners in the US and UK, provide key products and services such as customs clearance, sustainment, delivery fuel, maintenance services, coordination of port visits, warehousing, transportation, inter- and intra-theatre cargo and mail distribution.

During calendar year 2022, NAVSUP FLCSI and their mission partners supported the logistics and resupply needs of U.S. combatants deployed aboard the underway Military Sealift Command mother ship USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), the dry cargo and ordnance ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) and several United States Navy ships including the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of my NAVSUP FLCSI team and those of our growing logistics network of US and UK mission partners, the Crombie site is rapidly becoming a logistics center of gravity from which we can better facilitate the maintenance of end-to-end across the Northern European region,” said Captain Douglas S. MacKenzie, Commanding Officer, NAVSUP FLCSI.

The NAVSUP leadership visit to its operational site at DM Crombie culminated with a tour of the ship aboard the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, hosted by Commanding Officer Captain Richard Hewitt OBE Royal Navy.

“The UK places NATO and its relationship with our US partners at the heart of defence,” Hewitt said. “Welcoming the US NAVSUP Commander on board HMS Prince of Wales has allowed us to continue to foster the relationships that are vital to British defense and NATO.”

After leaving Scotland, Stamatopoulos conducted a host of other engagements across Europe, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations, showcasing the critical role of NAVSUP and the supply community in support of U.S. Navy readiness and strategic objectives in the regions.

“On behalf of my NAVSUP FLCSI team, we are very grateful and honored to welcome Rear Admiral Stamatopoulos to our AOR,” said MacKenzie. “We look forward and proud to show him other operational areas where my team demonstrates great technical expertise and unwavering dedication to our important NAVSUP mission every day.”

As NAVSUP Commander, Stamatopolous is responsible for an organization and community of more than 25,000 service members and civilians who provide responsive logistics support to U.S. and allied naval forces around the world through a global network with a presence in more than 17 countries and 21 states, districts, and territories. As Chief of Supply Corps, he is responsible for the community management of over 3,500 active and reserve Supply Corps officers and over 23,000 active and reserve enlisted. He also serves as the supported commander of the Naval Sustainment System – Supply (NSS-S).

NAVSUP FLCSI is one of eight FLCs under the Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP employs a diverse, global workforce of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics, and Sailor and Family Care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. NAVSUP FLCSI operates at 14 sustainable and advanced operating sites; forward contingency and cooperative security locations in 13 countries in Europe and Africa.

Date taken: 31.10.2022
Date posted: 31.10.2022 17:42
Story ID: 432364
Location: HRE, UK

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