The crew of the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) completed a biennial Supply Management Certification (SMC) Oct. 8 while moored at its homeport at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.
Inspectors from Afloat Training Group Mid-Atlantic (ATG) visited Arlington to conduct the assessment and grade the ship on its inventory, sanitization and proper equipment operation. After the three-day assessment, the scores were tallied with Arlington’s supply team receiving an overall score of 92.7 percent.
The inspectors graded each of Supply department’s three divisions: general stores, food service, and sales. All divisions provide a service to the crew and contribute to the ship’s overall mission readiness, as well as its morale.
The successful inspection makes Arlington eligible for the Blue “E” award, signifying excellence in supply.
Arlington is the eighth ship in Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels. The vessel was commissioned in April 2013.
Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: US Navy