By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Seth Coulter

Each day teams of Sailors from Supply Department’s food service (S-2) division deliver enough provisions to feed nearly 5,000 people aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

On an average day cargo teams move approximately 15,000-17,000 pounds of fresh produce, meat and canned food.

“What we do isn’t easy,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Joseph Manglicmot, from San Diego, “but it’s something that needs to be done to make sure everyone gets fed. Plus it’s a good workout.”

Aboard the Stennis there are two teams comprised of Sailors from various departments; each team is assigned to separate storerooms within the ship. Together they are responsible for delivering food to six galleys while keeping track of food supplies going in and out of the storerooms.

“Galleys don’t use the delivered food for that day’s meal,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lambert, from Detroit. “They use it for the following day. Culinary Specialists submit an order form to get what food the galleys need, and the [cargo team] supervisors take that into consideration when giving them the food from the storerooms.”

In addition to moving provisions each day from storerooms to galleys, the cargo teams face an additional challenge when the ship receives supplies during replenishments-at-sea: sorting and moving provisions from the hangar bay down to the storerooms.

“Even with a 100-man working party for sending the incoming food down to the storerooms, it’s a huge task,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Michael Burkle, from North Central, Minn. “We estimate about 2,000 pounds per pallet, so even a small RAS of 200 pallets [400,000 pounds] is pretty extensive.”

The daily efforts of the cargo teams help ensure that Sailors get the proper nourishment to sustain mission-readiness while forward-deployed in the Arabian Sea.

“Without the cargo team to get galleys their food supplies then the whole chain starts to unravel,” said Seaman Neil Lazarecky, from Sterling Heights, Mich. “If people don’t eat proper meals then it affects performance.”

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.

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130309-N-JY507-183 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 09, 2013) – Sailors transfer produce into storerooms aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Seth Coulter / Released)