The supply department could well be called the
Most supply functions are
accomplished by finishing materials for the ship and
services to members of the crew. These services should
always be provided promptly and courteously.
Organization is the orderly arrangement of
personnel by functions.
Sound supply department
organization is necessary to carry out the objectives of
the department and will vary in accordance with the
mission, physical characteristics, and complement of
the unit. The Department assigns responsibilities and
authority to individuals within the organization. The
department head prepares a Supply Department
Organization Manual that should contain a description
of the functions of each component of the department
and assign areas of responsibility and authority as
prescribed by the type commander. It should also
include tasks of key personnel.
Organizational charts for the department include
identification of essential functions and a clearly
defined channel of responsibility and authority. Typical
organization charts for large and small ships are
illustrated in figures 2-1 and 2-2. As a guide in
identifying supply functions to organizational
components, the typical large ship is outlined below:
General Stores (S-1 Division):
GeneralThe general stores component
procures, receives, stores, expends, and
accounts for consumable, equipage, repair
parts, and other material. Maintains required
records. It also prepares correspondence,
reports, and returns; and performs required
Stock ControlStock control functions include
requisitions, processing receipt and expenditure
documents, and maintaining related files and
records. It also performs financial accounting for
material, maintains related files and records;
maintains material catalogs, allowance lists, and
technical publications, and prepares related
correspondence, reports, and returns.
StorageStorage functions include the
receipt, storage, inventory, and issue of
material; the maintenance of related files, as
required; and the cleanliness and upkeep of
assigned storage spaces.
Foodservice (S-2 Division):
GeneralThe foodservice component
operates all phases of the enlisted dining
facility and makes authorized issues, sales, and
transfers of food hems.
Records and Returns-Records and returns
functions include determining of requirements,
preparing requisitions, processing receipt and
Figure 2-1.-Organization of a supply department of a large fleet unit.