Material Organisation Visakhapatnam

Material Organisation Visakhapatnam

Material Organisation (Visakhapatnam

Historical Background

MO(V) dates back to 1942, when it started as a “Naval Stores Depot” during WW II. In the intial years, this Depot merely obtained and issued stores received from Mumbai. It continued to provide logistics support in various forms and from various locations. It was reorganized as the ‘Material Organisation, Visakhapatnam’ in 1979. The SHs spread over an area of 65 acres, reasonably to highly mechanized, with effective workflow integration through ILMS.


In terms of Article 0138 of ENCO Part I, the tasks assigned to MO(V) include logistics support to Ships, Coast Guard and other Establishments forming party of the Easter Naval Command/visiting ships

Policy & Objectives

MO(V) is committed to Plan, Procure, Stock and Supply Quality materials to Ships and Establishment at the “ Right Time at the Right Place and in the Right Quantity” in order to enhance the Operational Efficiency of Indian Navy in a cost effective manner. Towards this end the following objectives have been laid down :-

  • To improve compliance rate
  • To minimize lead time of supply
  • To manage inventory efficiently using modern inventory management including IT.
  • To procure materials in a cost effective manner.
  • To enhance safety and productivity by extensive use of MHEs AND modern warehousing techniques.
  • To reduce non-moving inventory.
  • To reduce repairable inventory.
  • Deliver stores to all units including outstation units in the shortest time.
  • Special focus on requirements of ANC.
  • Undertake prompt disposal of surplus stores, scrap etc, to get best returns and create additional storage space.


The Organisation comprises of four major Controllerates, which carry out the functions of Material Planning, Procurement, Warehousing and Technical Services. These activities are supported by the computerized Integrated Logistics Management System. From the time an item is demanded by a customer, and till its delivery, there are numerous activities that take place in the ILMS- the essence being ‘timely availability of quality item’ to the users.

The Controllerate of Material Planning which is the window to the service customer is entrusted with the primary functions of planning and demand management and acts as an interface between other Naval Units including Naval Headquarters, Naval Dockyard and Material Organisations.

The Controllerate of Procurement is responsible for purchase of items of Naval Stores, E &SP (Non-Russian) and Russian Spare Parts from Indigenous developed sources.

The Controllerate of Warehousing is responsible for receipt and accounting of items in stock, their safe custody and delivery on authorization, fuelling of ships and submarines, clearance and handling of air and sea consignments through Embarkation Headquarters, Chennai.

The Controllerate of Technical Services provides technical assistance to other Controllerates at the Material Organisation. It is responsible for ensuring early repairs and merging in serviceable stock, all items surveyed by ships and establishments, as repairable. It is also required to provide technical documentation and specifications along with drawings to assist in procurement of various items. The Controllerate is also entrusted with the task of re-preservation of stores when due, giving POV rates for disposal of BER/Scrap and Surplus Serviceable/Obsolete stores and sentencing of items during survey by ships and establishments.

The Integrated Logistics Management System is a comprehensive automated technical tool. Which has rationalized the entire working procedure of the MO(V) and has provided a well-defined route for handling the daily work of the depot. It integrates activities of Planning, Procurement, Technical Services and Warehousing and has a reliable database, which provides and edifice for a more scientific approach towards Inventory Management.


There are 84 service personnel (36 officers & 48 sailors) and 606 civilian personnel (26 officer & 580 staff). The MP against a 1982 sanction was based on a much smaller / limited satellite depot role. The role has since expanded once MO(V) become completely independent of MO(MB) and with increased in platforms –marine and aviation-and establishment it requires a substantial increase. The NSEC case is under deliberation at IHQ/MoD(N).

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