Members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Sailors from Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka joined together at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club aboard Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka this past January to honor the most recent graduate of their joint internship program.
"I am taking away a greater understanding of the U.S. Navy's efficiencies in logistics operations," said Lt. Takushi Kino, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka - JMSDF Internship Program graduate.
As a member of FLC Yokosuka's Operations Department, Lt. Kino’s seven months of training focused on observing, researching and participating in the processes of logistics operations, which ensures fleet readiness throughout the Asia Pacific.
The program, which dates back to 1967, has graduated 169 Japanese Supply Corps officers, many of whom become senior level professionals in the JMSDF logistics system with three interns having gone on to reach the rank of rear or vice admiral within the JMSDF.
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Lt. Takushi Kino, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka - JMSDF Internship Program graduate (left), receives a graduation plaque from Capt. Marty Fields, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer (right), at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club aboard Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka in recognition of his seven months of logistics training with the U.S. Navy.
“This internship program is not only a chance to study the U.S. Navy logistic systems, but also a chance to build a strong friendship with the staff of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka,” said Capt. Kiyoshi Matsuura, Commanding Officer, JMSDF Ship Supply Depot (SSD) and senior JMSDF representative at the graduation.
Having graduated more than two decades ago from the very same internship program, Matsuura believes the continued success of the program to be quite important.
“The United States Navy is the most important and valued partner to JMSDF and to our national defense,” Capt. Matsuura said.
Internships are about seven months in length, and the Japanese junior officers selected for the program and who work alongside their U.S. counterparts are the most elite candidates in their field.
“This joint endeavor with our Supply Corps partners in the JMSDF has a long and rich history, which benefits both the young officers taking part in the program and this command,” said Capt. Marty Fields, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer.
Lt. Kino’s time at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka has ended, but the next JMSDF intern was soon ushered in as Lt. j.g. Shuzou Honma was introduced to his new shipmates in NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Industrial Support Department.
“May our friendship and cooperation last forever,” Capt. Matsuura emphasized.
Story by Sky Laron
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications