NAVSUP GLS Tours USS Frank Cable
SASEBO, Japan (March 10, 2015) Commander, Naval Supply Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS), Rear Adm. James McNeal, toured the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) while the ship was in port Sasebo, Japan, March 10.
This visit was one of several for McNeal, who is touring various commands in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to improve his working knowledge of each command and in order to better facilitate their supply requirements.
NAVSUP GLS oversees and supports logistics for the Navy and joint operations around the world. The sites visited during this tour include Fleet Logistics Commands (FLC) in Guam, Yokosuka, and Singapore.
“It’s been really exciting for me to meet all the wonderful Sailors over here that support the fleet,” said McNeal. “Frank Cable is a very impressive ship. I was very impressed with the capabilities of the crew and the marriage between Navy and Military Sealift Command (MSC) and how well they work together in providing a really unique capability to submarines and other ships.”
The visit to Frank Cable, one of only two submarine tenders in the Navy, allowed Rear Adm. McNeal to see a different kind of platform.
“The aim was to give the admiral concrete examples of how NAVSUP GLS allows Frank Cable to not just think outside the box but execute outside the box,” said Cmdr. Jay Turner, supply officer of Frank Cable. “The examples we showed him focused on morale and, one of my commanding officer’s top priorities, expanding war fighting capabilities. This allows the admiral to understand that not only are we connected to his organization but they’re helping us do things that count.”
The visit included tours of the postal office, stock rooms, and ship store. McNeal also took the time to speak with Sailors.
“He was very appreciative of the work we are doing onboard,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Michael Scott, a Frank Cable Sailors assigned to the ship’s post office. “It was excellent getting to meet the admiral and shake his hand.”
Frank Cable has a somewhat uncommon arrangement within its supply department.
“We have what’s called a hybrid posture,” said Turner. “The Navy side focuses on support and repair of other vessels while our MSC counterparts focus on everything within the skin of the ship.”
Despite this difference, Sailors and civilian mariners work side by side to further the mission of Frank Cable.
“It works,” said Turner. “We treat it as one team, one supply department. The functionality is a little different but that’s no different than having your department divided into divisions.”
Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of responsibility and is currently on a scheduled underway period.
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