SECURITY OF MATERIAL
Stored material must be kept under lock and key in
all cases. The exception for this requirement is when the
material quantity and size make storeroom storage
impractical. Storeroom spaces must be locked securely
when not in use. Personnel in charge of the storage space
are responsible for maintaining security for all stores in
their custody. When storage spaces are open for use, an
authorized person must be present. Other personnel may
enter the space only when necessary for stowage,
breakout of material, or emergencies.
Personnel may access stowage spaces for
inspections and as directed by the commanding officer.
However, the inspectors will not be given keys to the
spaces. They will be escorted by responsible supply
Access for Emergencies
Access to stowage spaces is authorized to damage
control personnel in the performance of their duties.
Stowage spaces must be secured in such a manner that
damage control personnel can open the space by use of
ordinary damage control equipment in an emergency.
Permission for Entry
Only the supply officer can grant permission for
entry of persons not ordinarily authorized access to
stowage spaces. During the supply officers absence, the
assistant supply officer, special assistants, or supply
duty officer can grant permission for entry to spaces.
Key control procedures must be set by the activity.
This procedure permits identification of the person
holding the key to any stowage space at any given time.
The term equipage refers to those durable and
uninstalled items that are located in operating spaces to
support operational, maintenance, or administrative
functions. Some of the equipage items are binoculars,
cameras, guns, and typewriters. The term controlled
equipage refers to those items of equipage that require
special management control. These items require
special control because they are essential for protection
of life. These items are valuable and easily converted to
personal use. Appendix 11 of NAVSUP P-485 lists those
items classified as controlled equipage. Controlled
equipage used on board ships will be in the custody of
the department head responsible for the particular
equipage. The department head is responsible and signs
for all controlled equipage in the department. The
department head may delegate the physical custody of
controlled equipage to other officers or enlisted
personnel in the department.
The term storage refers to the keeping or placing of
property in a storeroom, warehouse, shed, or open area.
The term stowage is synonymous with storage. For
stowage of material afloat, you must know how to
determine the stowage layout best suited for the
material. Also, you must know the precautions to be
taken to safeguard both the stores and the ship.
BASIC STOWAGE CRITERIA
To maintain control of material, you must meet the
basic criteria for storage. These criteria include the
Ensure maximum usage of available space
Provide orderly stowage and access
Prevent damage to the ship or injury to personnel
Reduce the chance of material loss or damage
Ease and ensure issue of the oldest stock first
Make inventories easier
TYPES OF STORAGE FACILITIES
Storage facilities are the basic resources of the
supply department, both afloat and ashore. Maximum
use of storage space can save operational costs and
promote efficiency of operation.
Types of Storage Facilities Ashore
The following paragraphs describe the general
functions of the most common types of storage facilities
used by the Department of Defense.
COVERED STORAGE SPACE. The covered
storage space is storage space within any roofed
structure. This class includes various structure types.
Only those types that are of significance to the AK are
discussed here. They are general-purpose warehouses,
refrigerated warehouses, flammable storage ware-
houses, and sheds.
The general-purpose warehouse has a roof, side
walls, and end walls. This type of warehouse may have
a heating unit installed. The Navy uses this type of
warehouse for various storage functions. The building
may be single or multistory, although the single-story