BY TINA C. STILLIONS
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka provided logistics support during a rare three carrier strike group exercise in the Asia Pacific region in November. The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups, as well as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and South Korean ships, joined together in a display of force that required complex logistics coordination from across NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s various sites, including Sites Korea, Manila, Singapore and Sasebo.
“Support to deployed forces is a central focus for the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team positioned in 14 sites across eight nations in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region,” said Capt. Jeffery P. Davis, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka. “Simultaneous support to three carrier strike groups required significant coordination to sustain key logistical support. It was truly a team effort with the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team members across the region working directly with carrier strike group beach detachments and key fleet representatives to achieve tri-carrier operations objectives.”
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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Groups transit the Western Pacific with ships fr om the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The strike groups were conducting operations in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting region al security, stability and prosperity. –photo by MC3 Anthony Rivera
The operations team, which included fuels, postal operations and material management, provided key support during the exercise that also coincided with President Donald Trump’s visit to the region amid rising tensions with North Korea.
Logistic Support Representatives (LSRs) from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka masterfully facilitated a variety of logistical requirements, including replenishments at sea, facilitating contracting requirements, expediting cargo and mail routing, coordinating transportation requirements and ensuring communication services for the three carriers.
The mission and the comfort of the crews were high priorities during the operations. Whether the requirement was a part for a weapon system, fresh food or mail, the LSRs’ mentality was to utilize organic or commercial assets to expedite the delivery of the material to the crew members in the most timely and cost effective manner.
According to Cmdr. Michael Schilling, director of the operations department at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, the support was herculean and complex.
“Even the best warfighters need logistics support from ashore to be effective,” said Schilling. “These are the best Sailors in the world operating with the three carrier strike groups and we take pride ensuring they have the bullets and beans ready to fight.”
In addition to supporting the tri-carrier exercise, sites across NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka simultaneously assisted the three carriers across the 7th Fleet area of responsibility for more than a month.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Chinhae team supported the Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) during a six-day period in October. In advance of the port visit, two LSRs traveled to the ship’s destination to ensure prearranged support services were in place to facilitate a smooth visit for the crew. Due to inclement weather caused by Typhoon Lan, the port visit shifted to an earlier than anticipated date. Despite the storm, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Chinhae assisted in bringing over 13 tons of mail and parts to the CSG, as well as offloading 65 depot-level repairable parts.
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NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka provided unparalleled support during three carrier strike group exercise. Material handler Victor Dixon processed carrier strike group retrograde at Advanced Traceability and Control (ATAC) node Yokosuka.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas helped plan and coordinate the Roosevelt CSG Marianas port visit. The site team concurrently supported USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) during port visits in Saipan and were instrumental in managing all logistics requirements for the visit, including provisions, mail, crane support, parts, tents and hazardous material.
Schilling said his operations team worked closely with the strike groups to ensure seamless support during the exercise that focused on the ability of the U.S. Navy to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation.
“Our advanced traceability and control team established a temporary mobile node in Subic Bay, Philippines that also provided direct support to the three carrier operation,” said Schilling. “During a 20-day period, they flawlessly executed an unprecedented 132 percent increase in volume by processing 2,579 critical aviation and surface depot level repairable retrograde assets in support of the operation.”
The Navy’s show of force was monumental, not only in terms of power projected, but in the complexity of the exercise. NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka worked hand-in-hand with the carrier strike groups in a demonstration of might that showcased the supremacy of U.S. naval forces and the ability of the logistics team to deliver a high-level of customer service on demand.