BY LT. CDMR. ANAS MAAZOUZI, SC, USN, NAVCENT/FIFTH FLEET FUELS OFFICER
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U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Mark McLeod, Commander, DLA-E, center right, cuts the ribbon to officially open DFSP Salalah, Oman. Also pictured are U.S. Navy Captain Kyle Bryan, Lieutenant Commander Anas Maazouzi, and representatives from Oman. –photo by Ms. Nicole Chewning, DLA Energy Middle East
Brigadier General Mark M. McLeod, United States Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency - Energy (DLA-E) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Defense Fuel Supply Point Salalah (DFSP) in Salalah, Oman on June 6, 20 16.
DFSP Salalah has been under development for almost two years among Naval Central Command (NAVCENT), Central Command, DLA-E, and the Oman Country Team at the U.S. Embassy, Oman.
"This DFSP improves our logistics capabilities outside the Arabian Gulf and enables NAVCENT to better support U.S. 5th Fleet Maritime Forces operating in the North Arabian Sea, Horn of Africa, and Gulf of Aden. It is a critical component in the development of Salalah, in conjunction with other DLA and Naval Supply Systems Command Enterprise capabilities, as an additional full-spectrum logistics Seaport of Debarkation /Aerial Port of Debarkation in the AOR [area of responsibility]," said NAVCENT Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics and Infrastructure (N4) Capt. Kyle Bryan.
DFSP Salalah is a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) site with the capacity to receive, store, and issue both Jet Fuel (JP5) and Naval Distillate Fuel (F76). It is also equipped with four Marine Loading Arms capable of servicing two ships with two different products simultaneously.
Less than two weeks after the ribbon cutting ceremony, NAVCENT and CTF-53 coordinated a Proof of Principle to test and flex the logistics functionality of Salalah. USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) conducted the first fuel lift, receiving 1.9 million gallons of F76, as well as provisions procured and delivered by DLA-Troop Support from the United Arab Emirates. USNS Patuxent departed after a one-day port visit to execute Replenishment-At-Sea (RAS) events with multiple vessels operating within the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
Bryan emphasized that the opening of DFSP Salalah significantly improves the NAVCENT operational reach and is the first step in increasing logistics capabilities outside the Arabian Gulf.