NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Welcomes USS Ronald Reagan
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel joined with many community members Oct. 1 in welcoming USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to its new home in Yokosuka, Japan.
Nearing the end of the first full week of autumn the skis are blue and the morning rays of sunshine pour into Truman Bay, as personnel assigned to NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka headquarters bear witness to history in the making.
With the arrival of the Nimitz-class supercarrier, a manmade 100,000-ton demonstration of U.S. Navy power projection and forward-deployed warfighting readiness, the men and women of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka stand ready to provide superior logistics support to their newest neighbor who has just pulled in, literally across the street.
As the ship’s mission states, this ship, her air wing, and her crew make up the most effective and versatile fighting vessel in the world.
It is the tip of the spear for the 7th Fleet's forward presence in the Pacific and one of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka's primary customers.
As the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka enterprise networks more than 20 detachments, sites and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam.
The Sailors, Marines, Japanese Master Labor Contract (MLC), U.S. Civil Service (USCS) and contract employees at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka provide the daily logistics support to the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal activity customers within the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
As the ship pulls into its new homeport for the first time, it is important to know that the ship and the supporting logistics command are not strangers and have worked together on real world humanitarian and disaster relief missions in the past.
Specifically, Operation Tomodachi, the joint U.S. and Japanese humanitarian effort following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and subsequent Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Disaster, which highlighted the partnership between the United States and Japan in a time of emergency.
The host nation of Japan remembers this support vividly as well.
“Government of Japan welcomes the arrival of the “Ronald Reagan”, taking note of the fact that the “Ronald Reagan” joined aid activities by the U.S. Forces (Operation Tomodachi) in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.
“Whether it’s contracting and procurement solutions, husbanding or fuel services, boots-on-ground logistics support representatives along the waterfront, ship stores and provisions ordering, postal delivery or any other quality of life support, our people have an enormous responsibility to take care of the fleet,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, commanding officer. “Every day they show up and perform, which is what the customer has come to expect and it’s what they deserve.”
Specifically, on any given day, there are 50 to 70 ships, 100 aircraft and 40,000 Sailors working in the 7th Fleet AOR. The NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team is tracking all those ships individually, supporting their material and port visit requirements, their consumable stores, equipment, parts and mail from home.
The message from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s team is clear, welcome to the neighborhood, and rest assured that when pulling into port within the Asia Pacific AOR or plying the blue waters of the Western Pacific, the finest logisticians around will be diligently ensuring you have what you need when you need it, to accomplish your mission.