Enduring Logistics Alliance Connects Japan, U.S. for Over Six Decades
YOKOSUKA, Japan – U.S. and Japanese naval supply leaders gathered together Jan. 27 on board Yokosuka Naval Base to recognize a recent graduate from their joint training program, which dates back to 1952.
U.S. Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka and members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) have been gathering several times a year for more than six decades to honor the young Japanese supply officers that complete their joint internship program as a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s elite supply commands.
The professional men and women of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka represent a rich tradition of military and civilian supply experts that have supported the U.S. Navy in the Asia Pacific Region for over 60 years and have been proud to join with their host-nation counterparts in training future generations of naval supply leaders.
Each internship hosted by NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka is approximately seven months in length and the Japanese junior officers who are selected to attend the program and work alongside their U.S. counterparts are the most elite candidates in their field.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported me during my training,” said Lt. j.g. Yusuke Matsuu, the 185th and most recent graduate of the joint internship program.
Matsuu served in the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Operations Department (Code 430), specifically in the Logistics Support Office working alongside U.S. Navy Logistics Support Representatives (LSRs) and earning LSR apprentice status himself, which is no easy feat.
LSRs are NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s face to the fleet as the boots on ground representatives at the deck plate level ensuring ships have what they need when they need it.
While addressing the incoming intern, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffery Davis said, “You can take pride in following in the footsteps of many successful interns before you to include distinguished program graduate Admiral Yutaka Murakawa, who recently became the 33rd Chief of Staff of the JMSDF. Truly a reminder of the quality of officers that have participated in this program…you are in great company.”
Senior JMSDF leaders expressed the importance of the joint internship program as well.
“The United States is a very important ally of Japan for our national security and the U.S. Navy is the most important partner for JMSDF,” said Capt. Hiroki Saigawa, Commanding Officer, JMSDF Ship Supply Depot (SSD) and senior JMSDF representative at the graduation. “It is necessary for us, JMSDF and U.S. Navy, that we continue to deepen our mutual understanding.”
Saigawa told the newest intern to take advantage of this rare experience.
“It is my greatest honor to be a trainee here at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka,” said Lt. j.g. Moe Shioya, the 186th and newest intern. “I am very happy to be able to experience the U.S. Navy way of logistics.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command. Headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to deliver supply and logistics solutions that enable deployed maritime warfighter readiness in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a global Navy. The organization is made up of approximately 6,300 military and civilian logistics professionals operating from 105 locations worldwide, providing an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational units, and allied forces across all warfare enterprises.
NAVSUP provides U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.
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