Material Storage in the Navy


To make it easier to find and store items, number the rows and sections of shelves. Locations are alphanumeric numbers used to identify a specific area of the warehouse in the database. To ensure that all stock is correctly inventoried, mark extra storage locations on a cross-reference card at each storage site. Some products may necessitate more than one storage location.

Storerooms and supply lockers in the Navy


When in charge of a storehouse, the HM is also responsible for keeping it clean, organizing it, and keeping track of the key (s). To avoid product degradation, it’s important to keep an eye on the temperature. Preventing product expiry by rotating inventory and utilizing items before they expire is essential to patient care.


Rust is a persistent foe that needs ongoing care to combat. Chipped, wire-brushed or sanded rust areas should be primed and spot painted. In order to avoid harm to the storeroom or its contents, tighten loose bolts as soon as possible.
Make a daily inspection of the firefighting equipment and electrical systems, watertight fittings, and pipelines and report any defects to the supply officer.

Before setting sail for open waters, make sure all storerooms are fully inspected and secured to prevent cargo from moving as the ship moves. In order to prevent items from spilling onto the deck, fasten open bins and shelves with lashings or battens and secure the fronts of the bins and shelves.

Area of the Navy Warehouse

The size of the warehouse will determine whether or not different sections are necessary.


Warehouse area devoted to administrative or managerial tasks.


Shipments are checked in and data is recorded at this location. Once the check-in process is complete, keep the equipment in the reception area until it is needed again. A medical inventory system enters reception information once physical check-in has been completed.


Material placement is the act of putting items in a specified location in the warehouse. Storage takes up the vast bulk of the warehouse’s floor area. The following list details the many types of storage available.


Includes big boxes, such as those containing cleaning solutions or toilet paper, that are stored on box pallets or racks.

Bin/Small Item/Loose

It includes dentistry and surgical tools, as well as a few other odds and ends.


Provides secure storage for things like needles and syringes that might be abused or stolen by putting them behind locked doors. There are just a few people that have access to this location.


Controlled drugs (such as morphine and codeine) can be safely stored in this safe container. Because of their great potential for misuse or pilferage, federal law requires that these objects be housed in a secure container that has been approved. It may be a 750-pound or more standalone vault, or it could be incorporated within the warehouse itself. This location is off-limits to the general public.

Shelving by stock number sequence

The vault and cage are tiny storage spaces that use this term.

Creating a new location

There isn’t always a place on the shelf for the latest and greatest.
As long as the material specified on the label or placard hasn’t arrived yet, the spot will remain reserved. Never remove or cross out an existing sign or label from a vacated space.
Create and record new storage areas in accordance with municipal policies.

Stock rotation in the Navy

The oldest products should always be distributed first to prevent degradation. First-in, first-out is the FIFO method. This is especially true when it comes to managing products that have an expiration date or a shelf life code.

Material that has not yet expired is rotated according to the date it was made (MFR). This date can be found on the item itself or on the external packaging.
When it comes to moving bulky objects, they are done so from the top to the bottom. If the expiration date on one box is 06/2011, the expiration date on the other box will be 11/2012. Boxes with production dates of 04/2012 and 07/2014 will be stacked on top of one another.

Inventory that will expire before it is utilized is identified through a proactive shelf-life management program. To ensure that the rotation of the stock method is being followed, it should be checked on a monthly basis.

What is shelf-life material?

Material with a long shelf life will degrade over time.
The Navy Management Data List (NAVSUP Publication 4100) has a shelf-life designation for each of these products.

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