Valiant Shield 2014 (VS14), a United States only exercise, took place recently in the Marianas Islands.
The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Site Marianas Logistics Support Center (LSC),
supported the exercise. NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas was the focal Navy element for logistics support to the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Groups, consisting of 14 combat vessels and four Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. In addition to the Carrier Strike Groups, 137 aircraft were positioned and operated from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
The logistics support provided to the Strike Groups consisted of a fusion of Site Marianas personnel, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Logistics Response Team (LRT), Navy Reserve support, and the CVN Strike Group Beach Detachments operating under an Advance Logistics Support Site (ALSS) concept. The concept of logistics support was to operate a forward logistics staging area that would allow for continued sustainment of the Strike Groups through in port deliveries, replenishment at sea (RAS) and carrier onboard delivery (COD).
Naval Base Guam piers were the loading point for the combatants, and Military Sealift Command Vessels. Andersen Air Force Base, Guam was the loading point for all COD flights from both Carrier Strike Groups. Logistics Support Representatives (LSRs) loaded 1,701 pallets to MSC vessels during five separate in port periods for the Strike Groups. Site Marianas worked with the island logistics partners at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution and Troop Support closely to coordinate delivery times and to provide just in time stock to eliminate storage fees and excess material on hand. Just in time, delivery was a major hurdle to support, especially for nine million (food) deliveries due to a 21-day transit time from the United States to Guam. The massive volume of mail proved challenging as well, requiring NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas, LRT and Beach Detachment to palletize approximately 300 individual tri-walls from break bulk unsorted mail from the Guam Mail Facility.
A major success for VS14 and NAVSUP was the flexibility and responsiveness of the Navy Exchange (NEX) 1Q program established in August 2012. Valiant Shield 2014 was the first major test of the NEX 1Q program. The NEX was able to provide a 95.9 percent fill rate on 635,124 line items ordered, totaling more than $741,000. The 1Q program will return $253,000 in profits back to MWR from VS14.
VS14 concluded with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) port call in Guam with the USS Antietam (CG 54) and the USS Cape St. George (CG 71) as well as port calls in the Commonwealth of the North Marianas Islands (CNMI), Saipan for the USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Shiloh (CG 67) USS Stethem (DDG 63), and USS Mustin (DDG 89).
By Lt. Cmdr. Med Reed, SC, USN; NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka