BY LT . ARACELI GALVAN, SC, USN, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain successfully coordinated a cargo movement from an aerial port of debarkation, Salalah International Airport, to a seaport of debarkation, the Port of Salalah, July 18.
The operation, supported by NAVSUP FLC Bahrain’s Oman detachment, included a rigid hull inflatable boat swap to support a casualty report aboard guided–missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87).
Over the last three years, there has been a steady increase in the amount of U.S. Navy port visits to the country of Oman. This steady increase led NAVSUP FLC Bahrain to establish a small detachment at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat to help support the growing logistical challenges of these visits.
Since NAVSUP FLC Bahrain’s on-ground arrival, the detachment has been able to steadily increase planning, coordination and direction of contracts, cargo, mail and logistics services for more than 35 U.S. Navy vessels transiting through Oman.
“It was nice to test the proof of concept,” said Lt. Cmdr. Billy Coffeen, Oman detachment officer–in–charge, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. “Lessons learned are currently being used to further develop bilateral U.S./Omani customs and diplomatic clearance processes, as NAVSUP strives to make Salalah a viable logistics spoke in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.”
In addition to the full spectrum of operational support for Oman, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain has greatly enhanced the quality of life for visiting Sailors by streamlining all morale, welfare, and recreation needs through the United Service Organizations (USO).
Feedback from the USO and Sailors has been positive. In July alone, the USO successfully booked 864 hotel rooms and 1,088 tours for three separate Omani port visits with a great impact to boost the local economy.
Prior to the arrival of the NAVSUP FLC detachment, all of these activities had been conducted by the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. The detachment has allowed DAO personnel to focus on their primary mission of diplomatic representation to Oman’s Ministry of Defense.