Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel provided logistics support to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Munro (WHEC 724) during a port visit to Yokosuka Naval Base Aug. 28.
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Toshitatsu Yonei, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Logistics Support Representative, provides logistics support to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Munro (WHEC 724) during a port visit to Yokosuka Naval Base Aug. 28.
USCGC Munro and her crew have been tasked under the Tactical Command (TACOM) of Commander, Coast Guard District SEVENTEEN (CCGD 17) to conduct enforcement in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), and North Pacific Ocean to patrol in support of illegal High Seas Drift Net (HSDN) fishing vessels, as well as enforcement of Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) regulations, explained Cmdr. Ben Strickland, USCGC Munro Executive Officer.
“Munro enforces international treaties on the high seas in conjunction with our partner nations as part of Forward Presence, Maritime Security and Deterrence concepts,” Cmdr. Strickland said. “During this deployment, Munro has been privileged to work with the Peoples Republic of China, who provided onboard Fisheries Enforcement Officers; Russia provided a patrol vessel for a one-day joint high seas patrol in company of Munro; Japan and Canada provided airborne surveillance.”
More than 3,500 nautical miles separates Munro from her homeport support in Kodiak, Alaska, which is why it was the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Logistics Support Representative (LSR) at the deck plate level who provided the required pier side assistance ensuring Munro’s continued success and operations within the AOR.
“The most important role for the individual LSR is to know your customers needs and the abilities of local providers to meet those needs,” explained Toshitatsu Yonei, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka LSR assigned to support USCGC Munro.
By serving the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed joint service members with 24/7 operational logistics support across the U.S. Navy’s largest geographical area of responsibility, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka LSR plays a critical role in the operational success of its customers.
“Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka provided exceptional and timely logistical support during all port call visits,” Cmdr. Strickland said. “Each time Munro requested specific items -- fuel, mail, food, provisions, vehicles, drivers, cell phone services and delivery of all parts and supplies -- our logistics handlers went above and beyond to meet all mission requirements.”
The success for this Coast Guard cutter was measured by its ability to enforce the regulatory issues encountered in international waters, including overfishing in particular.
“We have a diverse range of joint customers who come out to this AOR with many unique and diverse missions,” said Capt. Marty Fields, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer. “It is our LSR team who provides that critical face-to-face link with those ships and service members, helping aid in their success.”
As the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka enterprise networks more than 20 sites and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam.
The Sailors, Marines, Japanese Master Labor Contract (MLC), U.S. Civil Service (USCS) and contract employees at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka provide the daily logistics support to the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense and other federal activity customers within the 7th Fleet AOR.
Story and Photos by Sky Laron; NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications