By Candice Villarreal, Director, Office of Corporate Communications
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego supported the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) in July as the Navy trained with 24 other nations to improve interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces.
RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, designed to promote global security and stability in the region. The exercise also provided a unique opportunity for the United States and participating nations to strengthen strategic partnerships.
Since RIMPAC 2018 kicked off in June, NAVSUP FLC San Diego has received, stored, transported and loaded more than $22 million in material from several countries from the Pacific Rim and beyond. The command also coordinated short notice requests for crane, forklift and transportation support while ensuring motor gasoline, rigid hull inflatable boats, flares and material handling equipment reach their destinations to meet critical mission requirements.
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View from the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) while loading the UK’s material onboard. –photo by Lt. David Oh
“Our role in RIMPAC support is to allow our warfighters to go out and execute their operational plans while we execute the logistics involved with coordinating such an enormous exercise,” said Lt. David Oh, customer service officer. “We want to make the support as seamless as it can be so that they can go out, work together, and focus on what they set out to do. We are essentially enabling mission accomplishment through logistics from the shores of San Diego.”
NAVSUP FLC San Diego personnel have met with supply department Sailors aboard a number of multinational ships, serving as the primary liaison between all foreign vessels and the Defense Logistics Agency and arranging for the delivery of high priority requisitions. In addition, the logistics team acts as the last tactical mile, ensuring delivery of critical parts to ships getting underway.
“A ready force is a winning force,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Brian Anderson. “These troops are operating forward, focusing on deterrence, increasing lethality and honing their warfighting readiness. We are their flexible partner ashore, here to ensure they can accomplish their goals without having to worry about logistics-related issues.”
More than 200 aircraft, 47 surface ships and 25,000 personnel participated in the Hawaii-based exercise, held biennially since 1971. It is hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbor.