AUTOMATED SUPPLY PROCEDURES
In the previous chapters, we covered the
various functions of the manual supply pro-
cedures. Now we will discuss how automation
plays an important role in shipboard supply pro-
cedures. A few aspects of the Shipboard Nontac-
tical ADP Program (SNAP) will be discussed.
This system is designed to improve shipboard ef-
forts in the area of supply and OPTAR account-
ing through automation.
The majority of the fleet is automated with
SNAP. There are two different systems of SNAP,
known as SNAP I and SNAP II. Both of these
systems are covered in this chapter.
The concept of automated supply involves
making information on material, requisitions, ac-
counting, and various files (that were maintained
manually) easier and more accurate to use. By put-
ting this information into a computer, you are
able to retrieve all the needed information on
records. The Navy developed two systems called
SNAP I and SNAP II for the fleet. SNAP I was
developed for the larger ships, such as CVs,
CVNs, ADs, AFSs, ARs, ASs, LHAs, LPHs, and
some shore intermediate maintenance activities
(SIMAs). SNAP II was developed for the rest of
the fleet from battleships to submarines.
These two systems are consistently changing
with each passing year through updates. Automa-
tion is here and it can make the workload easier
for you. For an SK to really understand how
SNAP I and SNAP II work, he or she should have
a good working knowledge of the manual system.
Although the SK A school teaches the manual
system, the last week will be used to teach, with
hands on, either SNAP I or SNAP II, depending
on the individuals orders.
INTRODUCTION TO SNAP
SNAP is the Navys plan to automate records
for both small and large ships and marine
aircraft groups (MAGs). SNAP provides hard-
ware and software to all Navy ships, shore in-
stallations, and MAGs throughout the United
States and overseas. The automated data process-
ing hardware is comprised of the Honeywell
DPS6s (AN/UYK-65[V]) and the Harris 300
(AN/UYK-62[V]) for the SNAP I and SNAP II
systems respectively. Resident computer programs
or software allow for faster and more accurate
processing of administrative, maintenance, supply
and logistics, and financial records.
When fully implemented, SNAP I systems will
be able to interface among themselves and with
other systems. Although SNAP I software is not
compatible with the SNAP II hardware of smaller
Navy ships, these two computer systems will be
able to communicate with each other through
various media types, such as floppy disks,
punched paper tape, and magnetic tape. The
advent of SNAP has moved shipboard informa-
tion processing from a manually controlled
environment to a real-time, computer-housed en-
vironment. This transition can help activities
maintain accurate records and allow more timely
and simple communication with other commands.
SNAP I SYSTEM CONCEPT
The SNAP I system concept takes in a lot of
areas, from the subsystems down to the reports
the system will generate. Some of the areas to be
briefly explained are the applications systems,
hardware configuration, real-time (RT) concept,
security, and the subsystems.
The objectives of SNAP I are to reduce cur-
rent shipboard manual workload associated with
maintenance management, supply and finance,
personnel administration, and other shipboard
functions. It provides users with a responsive and
flexible facility for the management of the various
functions. The system will improve the accuracy
and timeliness of your existing off-ship data re-
porting without increasing your workload.