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
tion if there is no record of the original requisi-
tion. 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.
SPECIAL STOWAGE OF ITEMS
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 require-
ments for stowing and handling classified
material. We will now consider the classi-
fications of material and discuss storage require-
ments 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 pro-
vided 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 han-
dling 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 con-
tainer 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 shelf-
life span of material from the date of manu-
facture 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 shelf-
life cannot be extended. Type 11 codes (numeric)
apply to items for which shelf-life can be
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
electrical systems, watertight