By Shannon Haney, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor completed its role supporting the world’s largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), August 2nd.
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Reserve Sailors operate forklifts to position pallets of fresh fruits and vegetables that will be hoisted aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) by crane.
For the duration of RIMPAC 2018, from June 27 to August 2, NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor fulfilled the lead logistics role. The success of any large-scale maritime operation is contingent upon the availability of logistics required by all participating units.
NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor delivered over 26 million gallons of fuel to ships and aircraft, 80,000 pounds of mail, $3.5 million of provisions, 1,800 pallets of material, 900 pieces of critical material, and processed over 2,000 depot level repairables (DLRs).
RIMPAC 2018 provided the ideal vehicle for NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor to execute its mission, where its supply officers, enlisted logisticians and civilian employees worked together with participating nations to foster cooperative relationships and deliver critical logistics.
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NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Customer Service Representative LS1 Jumonta Mincey, second from left, oversees a custody turnover during a replenishment-at-sea on load on Hotel Pier during RIMPAC.
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Sailors and civilians simultaneously operate forklifts and a crane to support the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on Hotel Pier.
“Our team of active military, reserve military, and civilian logisticians seamlessly integrated to deliver logistics services enabling RIMPAC’s success,” said Capt. Eric A. Morgan, commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor. “RIMPAC increased our normal daily operations by ten-fold and our reserve augmentation fully meshed into the FLC ‘Ohana to make it completely transparent to our fleet and partner nation customers. I am incredibly proud of our team’s delivery of “Service with Aloha” while demonstrating agile logistics and their ability to sustain a higher operational tempo (OPTEMPO) in the Pacific.”
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A Reserve Sailor operates a forklift to transport a pallet of fresh fruit from a vendor to the MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).
Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years.
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NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center Leading Petty Officer LS1 Maria Garcia, left, delivers registered mail to the MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) during RIMPAC and ensures her documents are signed by the ship’s purser.
This year’s exercise included forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
This robust constellation of allies and partners support sustained and favorable regional balances of power that safeguard security, prosperity, and the free and open international order. RIMPAC 2018 contributes to the increased lethality, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and combined force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.
RIMPAC Highlights: During RIMPAC 2018 NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor delivered:
- over 26 million gallons of fuel to ships and aircraft
- 1,808 pallets of materiel
- 900 pieces of critical materiel
- $3.5 million of provisions
- 80,000 pounds of mail
- processed over 2,000 depot level repairables (DLRs)
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The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and the Canadian container ship ASTERIX receive stores as they are moored to Hotel Pier.
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LS1 Maria Garcia, NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center leading petty officer, operates a forklift to transport priority mail to the MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).
–all photos by Shannon Haney