BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
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Capt. Jeffery Davis (left), commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, observes JMSDF operations at a degaussing station on board Yokosuka Naval Base Sept. 1.
Naval logistics leaders from the United States and Japan met during a bi-lateral engagement Sept. 1 at the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Ship Supply Depot (SSD) in Taura, Japan.
Capt. Jeffery Davis, commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka, led the American contingent while JMSDF Capt. Hiroki Saigawa, commanding officer, SSD, hosted the event.
It is the mission of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka to deliver supply and logistics solutions that enable deployed maritime warfighter readiness in the Asia Pacific Region and to maintain key alliances with partners and allies in the region is part of that process.
“Understanding the similarities and differences in the support mission executed by both commands was an important part of the discussion,” said Davis.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Supply Corps officers were briefed on the SSD mission, which is to provide procurement, storage, supply, and maintenance support to the JMSDF.
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Naval logistics leaders from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka and the JMSDF met during a bi-lateral engagement Sept. 1 at the JMSDF SSD in Taura, Japan.
“Just like the JMSDF Fleet shares a great relationship with the U.S. 7th Fleet with respect to operations...SSD and NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka share that partnership on the logistics side, and it is important for us to continue this great relationship,” said Saigawa.
Saigawa himself has a unique connection with NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, having previously served as an intern with the U.S. naval command more than 20 years ago.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka conducts a joint internship program, which dates back to 1952 and has graduated nearly 200 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.
“Back then I worked in contracting (Code 200), when it was still under Naval Supply Depot and SSD was still called Yokosuka Supply Center. But even before then, the relationship between the two commands was very amicable,” said Saigawa.
The senior American logistician in attendance could not have agreed more.
“We have a relationship built on mutual respect,” said Davis. “I am very impressed by the briefs, which reflect just how dynamic operations are here.”
After the briefings both Japanese and American supply leaders toured various SSD and JMSDF Repair and Supply Facility Yokosuka facilities along Tokyo Bay, to include warehouses, repair depots and a degaussing range.
The message echoed at the conclusion of this engagement was clear: rest assured, even if the processes used by these logistics leaders differ, the relationships forged between them is strong and will benefit both organizations well into the future.