Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Yokosuka Japan is one of 26 worldwide distribution centers supporting the joint operational warfighter, and is the largest of nine distribution centers located overseas.
DLA Distribution Yokosuka Japan is unique, in that it is the only depot with multiple sites. Those sites are located both on mainland Japan and on Okinawa. Although headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, each of the sites that fall under DLA Distribution Yokosuka Japan execute a variety of significantly different missions.
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LS1 Kodjo Yovogon (left) verifies inventory and accepts 20 tri-walls of material from USS Stethem’s (DDG 63) Supply Officer, Lt. Douglas Bishop.
Just 30 miles south of Tokyo, the Yokosuka site is co-located on the waterfront with 11 ships, which make up the lion's share of the U.S. forward deployed naval forces (FDNF), which include USS George Washington
(CVN 73) and her battle force strike group. In addition to receiving, warehousing, and delivering repair parts to the Fleet and joint service customer, Yokosuka's operation is also home to a theater consolidation shipping point (TCSP). Newly operational in April 2012, Yokosuka's TCSP consolidates cargo from Air Mobility Command (AMC), Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and on-hand warehouse stock, then arranges delivery of the pooled material to joint warfighting customers throughout the entire country of Japan. Ship Repair Facility (SRF), Yokosuka's largest shore based customer, is also co-located in close proximity to Yokosuka's DLA Distribution site for ease of material delivery to repair both homeported and transiting ships.
Sasebo's DLA Distribution site is also co-located on the waterfront with eight FDNF assets, including USS Bonhomme Richard
(LHD 6) and the rest of 7th Fleet’s amphibious force. Sasebo is also home to several minesweepers, which require special attention and a select set of repair parts. While also heavily focused on receiving, warehousing, and delivering repair parts to local Fleet and joint customers, Sasebo plays a pivotal role in supporting load out capabilities to Military Sealift Command's Combat Logistics Force. Sasebo's operation also heavily supports SRF Sasebo for ship repair requirements.
About 850 miles south of Yokosuka DLA Distribution Yokosuka has two Okinawa sites located on Kadena Air Force Base and Camp Kinser Marine Corps Base. The Kadena-based group services both Air Force and Navy customers, where the primary focus of the Kinser based team is the Marine Corps, specifically Marine Air Logistics Squadron 36. Both Okinawa based DLA Distribution locations deliver warehouse stock as well as Air Mobility Command and SDDC shipped material directly to the joint customer's door on a daily basis.
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An emergent weekend CLF load out for USS George Washington Strike Group is underway. The team loaded 528 pallets on barges for transportation to USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) for eventual delivery to USS George Washington (CVN 73).
In addition to working with and supporting all joint operational and shore based service components, DLA Distribution Yokosuka Japan has no better logistics partner than Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka. FLC Yokosuka has a site co-located with each of DLA Distribution Yokosuka’s sites in Yokosuka, Sasebo, and Okinawa. The DLA Distribution and NAVSUP FLC teams at each location work very closely together, every day, to provide the warfighter the most efficient and cost effective supply support available.
With an in-progress "Pivot to the Pacific," a close working relationship between operators, shore support activities and key logistics providers is paramount to a continued and increased U.S. military presence in the Pacific theater. Within the last few months, DLA has taken actions -- Economic Movement Quantity formula changes, Special Requirement Category waivers, top 100 demanded item additions, etc. … -- to increase Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) stock levels in the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), significantly increasing forward-stocked items in places like DLA Distribution Yokosuka Japan, resulting in a positive impact on PACFLT readiness.
DLA Distribution Yokosuka and its sites in Sasebo and Okinawa work daily to improve customer service, reduce costs, and provide the correct material to the joint operational warfighter. Consistent outstanding service and close customer communication have earned DLA Distribution Yokosuka an excellent reputation resulting in additional line items being forward stocked reducing customer wait time as well as providing warehousing and transportation solutions that save money and facilitate improved warfighter readiness.
By Capt. Edward Butzirus, SC, USN; Commander, DLA Distribution Yokosuka Japan