Navy Supply Corps (United States)

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U.S Navy Supply Corps
US Navy Supply Corps Oak Leaf.jpg
Supply Corps staff officer insignia
Active 23 February 1795 - present
Country United States of America
Allegiance United States U.S.
Branch U.S. Navy (Active & Reserve Component)
Type Staff Corps
Role Sustain U.S. Navy and U.S. Military Operations worldwide
Size ~3565 Supply Officers
Nickname(s) Suppo, Chop, Pork Chop
Motto "Ready for Sea"
"Ready, Resourceful, Responsive"
Anniversaries 23 February
Engagements Every U.S. engagement since the 1798 Quasi-War
RADM Jonathan A. Yuen, SC, USN
Chief of Supply Corps

The United States Navy Supply Corps is the United States Navy staff corps concerned with supply, logistics, combat support, readiness, contracting, and fiscal issues.


Commissioned officers in the Supply Corps practice a variety of disciplines, including supply management, expeditionary logistics, inventory control, disbursement, financial management, contracting, information systems, operations analysis, material and operational logistics, fuels management, food service, and physical distribution.

Supply Corps officers are widely distributed throughout the Navy and Department of Defense; they are typically billeted to a ship or shore activity's supply department, or to a supply unit or command, such as Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Groups (NAVELSG), Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) or Navy Special Warfare (SPECWAR) Logistics Groups which support the United States Navy SEALs.

Ratings that compose the U.S. Navy enlisted supply community are:


The Corps emerged from the traditions of ashore naval logistics and the shipboard position of Purser, which had been in use with the Royal Navy since the 14th Century.

The Supply Corps considers as its birthday February 23, 1795, when the nation's first Purveyor of Public Supplies, Tench Francis, Jr., was appointed by President George Washington.


Supply Corps crest

The official motto of the Supply Corps is "Ready for Sea" - reflecting the Supply Corps' longstanding role in sustaining warfighting. This motto derives from the traditional report from each Department Head of a ship to the Captain prior to an underway: the traditional form is "Good Morning, Captain, The Supply Department is ready for sea in all respects."

Supply Corps officers are often called "Pork Chop" within the wardroom, a reference to the Supply Corps oak leaf insignia's superficial resemblance to the bone-on meat product. Supply Corps officers assigned to submarine duty are known simply as "Chop" for the same reason. Supply Corps officers are sometimes colloquially called "Suppo," although this term is technically reserved for the Supply Department Head (nearly always the senior Supply Corps officer at a command).

Career progression[edit]

New Supply Corps junior officers attend the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Current Navy policy dictates that Supply Officers complete two operational tours and obtain a warfare pin for consideration for Lieutenant Commander (O-4) boards.

As staff corps officers, Supply Corps officers are eligible for command of supply units (e.g. a supply Corps officer is always in command of Naval Cargo Handling Battalions). Supply Corps officers also serve in forward deployed land-based units (e.g. with Construction Battalions working alongside Civil Engineer Corps officers and with the Marine Corps).

Three stars (Vice-Admiral) is the highest rank a Supply Corps officer can attain. Nineteen Supply Corps Officers have advanced to that rank: William J. Carter, E. G. Morsell, Edwin Dorsey Foster, Charles W. Fox, Murrey L. Royar, A. A. Antrim, Stephen R. Edson, Robert F. Batchelder, Joseph M. Lyle, Kenneth R. Wheeler, George E. Moore II, Vincent A. Lascara, Eugene A. Grinstead, Edward M. Straw, Keith W. Lippert, Justin D. McCarthy, Alan S. Thompson, Mark Harnitchek and William "Andy" Brown.

Notable U.S. Navy Supply Corps officers[edit]

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