NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel took part in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony recently, officially opening a new fuels terminal management office on board Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki on the island of Azuma located within Tokyo Bay.
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Official party for ribbon cutting, from left to right, Cmdr. Paul Dougherty, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Executive Officer; Capt. Michelle La Duca, NAVFAC Far East, Commanding Officer; Cmdr. Kemit Spears, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE, Commanding Officer; Kobayashi Yasoyuki, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Hakozaki Terminal Supervisor.
The new 2,800 sq. ft. facility built by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB1), the Seabees, offers Fuel Department (Code 700) personnel a higher quality of life during their working hours.
Building features include office spaces, employee showers and a break room.
“The Seabees did a great job constructing and finishing the building and our team at Hakozaki is excited about this huge quality of life improvement,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, Commanding Officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.
Seabees are the U.S. Navy’s builders and they perform their daily operations with a “Can Do” attitude.
“We worked hot long hours but everything came together,” said Utilitiesman 3rd Class Chris Brotski. “It feels good to see the finished product and know that we made the conditions here better.”
For many of the Seabees who took part in the project, it was nice to switch gears from runway repairs in Afghanistan to working on office style structures in Japan, which increased everyone’s expertise and added to their tool kit, said Lt. Cody Keesee, NMCB1 Yokosuka Detachment officer-in-charge.
Some of the work completed by the Seabees during various stages of the building project included interior finishing, electrical, plumbing, and installation of a septic tank.
All of the work conducted by the Seabees aids the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Fuels Department with an increased capability to support the fleet with all of their fuel needs.
DFSP Hakozaki holds 29 fuel tanks, each ranging from 3,000 barrels to 300,000 barrels in total capacity with the entire operation putting out an average annual throughput of 116 million gallons per year.
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John Floyd, center, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Kanto Area Fuel Director, thanks Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB1) on the completion of a new fuels terminal management building on board Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki on the island of Azuma.
Primary fuel customers include jets and aircraft from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Yokota Air Base and Misawa Air Base as well as all the 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) vessels. Thanks to the Seabees, the more than 100 fuel professionals spending their days on Azuma Island, doing a very large job for the U.S. Navy, can continue to support their forward deployed warfighting customer with the needed products that make their ships and aircraft move on target daily.
Story and Photos by Sky M. Laron; NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications