BY LT. CMDR. JARED SWEETSER, OPERATIONS OFFICER AND BARBARA BURCH, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE
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Sailors prepare to tour the Chinese Luyang II-class destroyer Jinan (DDG 152) after a ceremony commemorating the arrival of three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army-Navy at Naval Station Mayport as part of a routine goodwill port visit. Engagements like this and the July 2015 port visit to China by USS Stethem demonstrate a continuous navy-to-navy bilateral relationship between the two countries. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville supported the historic visit of Chinese warships to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, Florida.
Three People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) vessels arrived pierside at NAVSTA Mayport, Nov. 3. The crews of the guided-missile destroyer Jinan, frigate Yiyang and fleet oiler Qiandao Hu arrived to a reception that included a traditional dragon dance performed by the Orlando Chinese Professionals Association. Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Region Southeast and Senior Captain Wang Jianxun, PLA-N Task Group 152’s commander, gave speeches emphasizing the significance of goodwill visits.
Behind the scenes, key stakeholders had been working for months planning logistics support. NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s Fleet Support and Operations team, including the Logistics Support Center, worked side-by-side with host ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and service providers on board NAVSTA Mayport. Port Operations, Navy Facilities Command, and the husbanding service provider were key in preparing the support required.
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A Chinese Dragon Dancing team performs during the arrival of three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army-Navy at Naval Station Mayport. Engagements like this and the July 2015 port visit to China by USS Stethem demonstrate a continuous navy-to-navy bilateral relationship between the two countries. –photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker
Lt. Cmdr. Jared Sweetser, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s operations officer and Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Larry McIntosh, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s deputy logistics support officer, attended the arrival ceremony and embarked flagship Jinan for a port visit arrival brief.
“It was a great experience to sit down with our counterparts from PLA-N. Though bulkhead signs are a bit different, I quickly realized how much I had in common with PLA-N Sailors simply by walking passageways that crossed the same oceans I have crossed,” reported McIntosh. “We didn’t speak the same language, but there was a common understanding of the complexities of a foreign port visit.”
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville logistics support representatives (LSRs) bridged logistics gaps by linking husbanding efforts with various service providers for provisions, vehicles, material couriers and other services. LSRs also supported NAVSTA Mayport by acting as escorts for vendors servicing the PLA-N Task Group and working with the husbanding agent in arranging transportation of an ill PLA-N Sailor to the installation medical clinic for a non-life threatening ailment. “We look forward to every opportunity to provide support to ships and Sailors, no matter how small the task,” said McIntosh.