NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Provides Boots-On-Ground Support for PHIBLEX 15

BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka logistics support representatives (LSRs) helped provide boots-onground support for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 (PHIBLEX 15) in various locations throughout the Republic of the Philippines Sept. 27 thru Oct. 11.

PHIBLEX 15 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces. It focuses on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations, including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations.

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to participate in the ground phase of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3d Class Dustin Knight

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to participate in the ground phase of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3d Class Dustin Knight

LSRs from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Site Manila as well as those sent from headquarters in Japan worked with their local national Filipino coworkers as well as host nation contractors to ensure the exercise was a success.

Providing critical logistics and sustainment support pier side, shipboard and on the beachhead is something NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s supply-rated Sailors and Marines know quite a bit about and with nearly 20 exercises and more than 400 port visits supported annually, these sustainment experts are pushing the needed food, fuel, mail, material and critical parts the last tactical mile into the hands of servicemembers who need it most.

“NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka LSRs are so critical because they provide oversight for port services provided to a ship, are able to leverage resources and support from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka to include contracting support, and can collaborate with both the husbanding service provider and Ship Supply Officer to determine the most effective and efficient solutions to complex and challenging logistics problems often encountered in foreign ports,” said Capt. Roy Crockett, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Marine Liaison Detachment officer-in-charge.

Marines on the ground understand their role in support of this mission.

“What I like most about my job is that I play a critical role in getting the cargo to the fight,” said Staff Sgt. Taofia Piliati, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Marine Liaison Detachment cargo expeditor. “When I clear out high priority cargo through the pipeline and get it on its way to the front lines, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that it was pushed out to the warfighter that needs it.”

Philippine and U.S. Marines simulate a beach landing from combat rubber raiding crafts onto a small island off the coast of Palawan, Philippines. The amphibious assault and boat raids were conducted by U.S. Marines to complete a certification exercise being held in conjunction with PHIBLEX 15. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Kirby, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit)

Philippine and U.S. Marines simulate a beach landing from combat rubber raiding crafts onto a small island off the coast of Palawan, Philippines. The amphibious assault and boat raids were conducted by U.S. Marines to complete a certification exercise being held in conjunction with PHIBLEX 15. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Kirby, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit)

LSRs physically provide resources and coordinate contracts and services with the assistance of the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Contracting Team to ensure the deployed Warfighter gets quick and effective support in an austere environment, added Crockett.

“During PHIBLEX 15, having boots-on-ground better supported the Marine and Fleet customers by coordinating the right services at the right times to facilitate seamless passenger, cargo and mail movement to and from multiple U.S. ships while simultaneously communicating with higher headquarters and contracting about status, challenges and ways to improve future support to exercises and port visits,” said Crockett.

A primary way these LSRs are improving sustainment support is through the Navy Logistics Integration process, which seeks to best utilize various logistics systems that make up the extensive defense distribution network.

Naval expeditionary forces are encouraged to leverage the global logistics capabilities of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka and use it as a primary source for materials and services required in support of missions in the Asia Pacific Region.

“LSRs are essentially the life line for the ship and those embarked aboard it, in getting what they need from the shoreestablishment,” said Fred Beredo, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka logistics support manager and lead LSR.

Regardless of the uniform or branch of service or whether the exercise participant was from the U.S. or the Philippines, the service provided by the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka LSRs was seamless.

January/February 2016