BY SHANNON R. HANEY
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
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ABF1 (AW) Timothy Willhite, right, and ABF2 (AW/SW) Manuel Roaovalles from NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Souda Bay’s fuel team responded to an urgent request for defueling and refueling a French Rafale fighter assigned to the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) on March 7. The team’s rapid response time and the coord ination with the NSA Souda Bay Air Operations department played a vital role in assisting our allies and supporting flight operations in the region.
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella, Site Souda Bay’s fuel team responded to an urgent request for de-fueling and refueling of a French aircraft March 7.
The aircraft requested an emergency landing upon experiencing problems with a fuel valve, which hampered its ability to throttle the engines effectively.
The aircraft performed an emergency landing at the 115th Hellenic Air Force Strike Wing Base in Souda Bay.
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay’s fuel team coordinated with Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Air Operations Department to escort a mobile de-fueling truck across the flight line to the Hellenic Air Force side. The team conducted fuel samples and performed a series of Quality Assurance tests before safely de-fueling approximately 450 gallons of JP-5 fuel from the aircraft.
The rapid response time and coordination of the fuel team with the NSA Souda Bay Air Ops department played a vital role in assisting the aircraft and supporting flight operations in the area of responsibility (AOR).
“Souda Bay Sailors have a deep sense of ownership and pride in what they do,” said Lt. Cmdr. Freddy Oteromatos, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay site director. “They really understand, and give all they have towards it: the importance of the role they play supporting operations in the AOR. They are motivated, intelligent, out-of-the-box thinkers and will get any task done regardless of complexity or sacrifice. I am always impressed with the caliber of people the Navy provides me.”