USS Independence Arrives at NAS Pensacola, Florida

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville enters a new realm of supply support with the arrival of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.

USS Independence is the tri-hull variant of the littoral combat ship (LCS) and will be conducting an extensive Mine Countermeasure Mission Module (MCM MP) Initial Operation Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) in the coming months off the shores of Pensacola and Panama City.

The MCM MP IOT&E is a major milestone in the LCS program, and NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville is proactively engaged to provide pierside and deployment support for emergent logistics requirements.

Designed to be a minimally manned operation, the LCS shipboard supply department has to rely heavily on both distance and pierside support. The LCS Logistics Support Team (LST) San Diego provides requisitioning, financial, and administrative support, while NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Detachment (Det) Pensacola will provide for needs in the immediate area of operation. Due to the infrastructural difference between a Naval Air Station and a Naval Station, innovative solutions have been and continue to be created by FLCJ Pensacola to bridge gaps for the unique support needs of a ship.

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