BY TIA NICHOLE MCMILLEN
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella provided fueling support for two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force P-1 aircraft June 14 in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
The United States and Japanese have a long-standing partnership in the theater; however, this is the first instance of fuel support between the two countries at Camp Lemonnier.
The Camp Lemonnier fuel division provided JP-8 fuel, an aviation turbine fuel that is similar to commercial aviation fuel, but with the addition of several additives that increase aircraft capability.
Fuels Leading Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Glover explained, “Fuel system icing inhibitor (FSII), static dissipater additive, and corrosion inhibitor are injected into Jet A-1 fuel, and then blended to create JP-8 fuel.
“The FSII is the most important of these additives because it prevents the fuel from freezing at very high levels of altitude. This then allows the aircraft to fly at higher elevations and increases the mission capability of the aircraft,” said Glover.
Though there was a small language barrier between the fuel operators and the Japanese flight crew, the evolution flowed seamlessly.
“I was very impressed by the professionalism of the Japanese aviators,” said Camp Lemonnier Fuels Officer Lt. Tom Wilson.
“It was interesting to see just how similarly we operate despite our cultural differences. I look forward to continuing our work with the Japanese in the future,” said Wilson.