When you have received no positive action on a requisition, send the supply activity a document identifier follow-up in the AT series of MILSTRIP. The AT follow-up is converted by the supply activity into an AO requisition if there is no record of the original requisition. This saves time and eliminates the need to prepare additional documents. If the follow-up is mailed on an exception data requisition, make sure the AT follow-up contains all the data in the original requisition.
You will have many items that require special stowage. The Naval Ships Technical Manual, chapters 670 and 9230, and the Consolidated Hazardous Item List (CHIL) outline the requirements for shipboard stowage of dangerous and semisafe materials and list the materials under each classification. The Department of the Navy Information Security Program Regulation (OPNAVINST 5510.1) prescribes the requirements for stowing and handling classified material. We will now consider the classifications of material and discuss storage requirements for special types of material.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALThis includes all types of compressed gases and materials that present a considerable fire hazard or are otherwise dangerous. Except as provided below, stow these materials in the paint and flammable liquid storerooms. Paint and oil constitute the bulk of material in this category. The paint and flammable liquid storerooms are normally provided with sprinkler and CO2 smothering systems that can be activated by automatic temperature-sensitive devices inside and by manual controls out side the storerooms. A flooding system operated manually outside the storerooms is an additional safety factor. These storerooms are located, when practical, below the full-load waterline, near either end of the vessel, and not adjacent to a magazine. They are equipped with watertight doors that must be locked and dogged when not in use.
COMPRESSED GASESStow compressed gases on the weather deck and securely fasten them in a vertical position. Protect the cylinder valves from accumulations of ice and snow, and screen the cylinders from direct rays of the sun. NAVSUP P-485 contains general rules for handling compressed gas cylinders.
ACIDLiquid acid, unless classified as safe material, is stowed in lead-lined boxes or chests in a storeroom below the full-load waterline in which the deck and lower part of the bulkhead has a watertight lead lining.
ALCOHOLStow alcohol in a locked container in the paint and flammable liquid storeroom, to which only the supply officer or other officer designated in writing by the commanding officer has the key or combination.
SHELF-LIFE MATERIALThis material is subject to deterioration. These items are assigned a SHELF-LIFE CODE listed in the NMDL and in the List of Items Requiring Special Handling (LIRSH). The code denotes the shelflife span of material from the date of manufacture to the date of disposal or date of testing according to the inventory managers instructions to extend the shelf-life. Type I codes (alpha) apply to items for which shelflife cannot be extended. Type 11 codes (numeric) apply to items for which shelf-life can be extended.
OTHER REPAIR PARTSYou must try to stow all repair parts in their original containers. With todays improving techniques and the material used in packaging, you can store repair parts for a considerable time without damage from dust, shock, or humidity.
When you are in charge of a storeroom, you are also responsible for maintaining the space. Before you secure each night, sweep the storeroom and remove all trash. Clean bins, shelves, ventilation ducts, and fans periodically.
The condition of your space is also your responsibility. Rust is an ever-present enemy and requires constant vigilance to keep it under control. Rust spots should be chipped, wire brushed or sanded, primed, and spot painted. Tighten loose bolts promptly to prevent possible damage to the storeroom or its contents. Examine pipes, valves, electrical systems, watertight