building has become the standard warehouse. The
location of office space in this type of warehouse may
be within the building or outside of the warehouse. In
either case, the location of the office space is on the same
side of the warehouse as the truck docks.
Normally, two main aisles run the length of the
warehouse. This is to allow material handling equip
mentor supplies to move straight through the length of
the warehouse. Typically, cross aisles connect the main
aisles. The functions found in the general-purpose
warehouse include retail issues, bulk storage, receiving,
shipping, preservation, security areas, and admin-
The refrigerated warehouse outwardly resembles a
general-purpose warehouse, although it is usually
smaller. This warehouse is usually in two separate parts.
One part is a chill space with controlled temperatures
between 36°F and 46°F. The other part is a freeze space
that allows control of the temperature below 32°F.
Because the chill and freeze spaces divide the
refrigerated warehouse, there are no main aisles that run
the length of the entire warehouse.
The flammable storage warehouse is built of
noncombustible material and has fire walls with a
4-hour fire-resistance rating. The main source of
protecton comes from an alarm and automatic sprinkler
Sheds are buildings without complete sides and end
walls. The Navy uses sheds for storing materials that
require maximum ventilation or materials that do not
require complete protection from the weather.
OPEN STORAGE SPACES. The open storage
spaces are improved or unimproved open areas used for
The open improved storage spaces include graded
spaces or areas and areas surfaced with concrete, tar or
asphalt, gravel, or other suitable topping. The Navy uses
these spaces for storing certain materials invulnerable
to damage by adverse weather conditions.
Open unimproved storage spaces are unsurfaced
open areas used for storage. The significant dis-
advantage of this type storage is the limitation on the use
of material handling equipment.
Types of Storage Facilities Afloat
There are several types of storerooms afloat. In most
ships, the general stores (S-1) and aviation stores (S-6)
divisions use the same spaces to store material common
to both. Storage locations of material specifically used
by the ship are in spaces assigned to the S-1 division.
Aviation items are stored in spaces assigned to the
The main issue storeroom is the space set by the
supply officer as the central distribution point for the
general stores division. Generally, this space is the most
accessible of all stock stowage spaces when watertight
integrity restrictions are in effect. This storeroom
contains a locator system either in manual or automated
format. All receipt and expenditure documents normally
channels through the main issue storeroom.
The bulk storerooms are spaces used for storing
wholesale quantities of small items and heavy and bulky
The repair parts storerooms are spaces used for
stowage of all repair parts. The only exceptions are those
bulkhead-mounted spares and material authorized for
stowage in other departments. Repair parts storerooms
contain stowage aids, such as bins, drawers, shelves,
racks, and cabinets used for stowing material. Material
needed to support aviation maintenance is stored in the
maintenance support package (MSP) storeroom under
the S-6 division. Aviation repairable parts are stored in
separate storerooms in the S-6 division.
The flammable liquid storeroom can beat either end
of the ship, below the full load waterline. This space
must be as far away as possible from the magazines. This
storeroom must have automatic fire alarm and fire-
extinguishing equipment (CO2 or HALON system).
Also, this storeroom should have incandescent and
explosionproof overhead lights (protected by lamp
guards) with the switch outside the compartment.
Flammable items stored in this storeroom have an
assigned material content code (MCC) of D, F, G, P, S,
and Z in the Hazardous Material Information System
(HMIS). Refer to the HMIS and NAVSUP-P485 for
information concerning handling of hazardous
TEMPORARY STORAGE OF SHIPBOARD
MATERIAL BY SHORE ACTIVITIES
When necessary, ships may use shore facilities to
store material temporarily. Temporary storage of allow-
ance list items of equipage or equipment over 1 year
must have prior approval by the type commander.
Consumable materials, tools, and other items required
to support ships equipage and equipment will not be
offloaded for temporary storage. However, some items
may be offloaded as authorized during shipyard,
overhaul, conversion, or change of mission. The ship
requesting storage is responsible for arranging the
offload and return of material. The requesting ship is
also responsible for informing the storage activity of any
change in the length of storage.