NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Site Marianas Supports Exercise Valiant Shield 2016

BY LT. J.G. BRENT COHEN, SC, USN

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka, Site Marianas personnel in coordination with Logistics Readiness Team members and Reservists provided logistics support to 18 USS and USNS vessels in support of exercise Valiant Shield 2016 (VS16) throughout the entire month of September.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) lead a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven ships, including USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), as well as USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during VS16. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk

Valiant Shield is a biannual exercise with the focus of Joint training within U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force conducting missions on sea, land, air, and cyberspace. During the exercise, live fire from the sea and air sank the decommissioned USS Rentz (FFG 46) northeast of Guam. In addition, VS16 encompassed exercises consisting of antisubmarine operations, air defense, maritime security, and amphibious operations.

VS16 participants included the afloat units of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing 5, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Momsen, (DDG 92), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Germantown (LSD 42), and the Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC 25). In addition, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and associated Marine-Air-Ground Task Force units embarked on the Amphibious Ready Group and participated in the exercise.

In the western U.S. territory,“Where America’s Day Begins,” the tropical island of Guam became the one-stop shop for everything from provisions and parts to mail and hazardous material. In the weeks before and after exercise, Site Marianas supported multiple port visits and countless onloads and offloads of high priority material, mail and depot level repairable parts.

“This is a great opportunity for NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Site Marianas, to showcase its interoperability with Military Sealift Command, DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Troop Support Pacific Guam, DLA Distribution Guam, and a host of other supporting agencies coming together to provide logistics support to visiting units,” said Cmdr. Frederick Skinner, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Site Marianas site director.

“I quickly learned that executing operational logistics at this scale is only achievable when all key players cohesively engage all variables on a day-by-day basis, independent of all prior plans and agendas,” said Lt. Ronald Parry, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Site Marianas logistics support officer.

January/February 2017