Some of the highlights of the year included a port visit to the ship's sponsor city of Santa Barbara, California, being the flagship for the Rim of the Pacific exercise off the coast of Hawaii, and commencing the critical planned incremental availability (PIA) to ready the ship for assignment to Forward Deployed Naval Forces
. These three significant events created their own brand of challenges from hosting several major receptions more than 2,000 guests to providing the highest level of support to ship's company and shipyard workers during PIA.
The NCIS Far East Field Office (NCIS FE) has recognized this and invested in an effort to "flatten" the flow of law enforcement and other information regarding personal safety to forward deployed naval forces
based in Japan.
The next important effort is to improve our daily coordination and support to the operational fleet commanders and their forward deployed naval units around the world--this has special importance for our Forward Deployed Naval Forces
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella will continue to support North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) overall Ballistic Missile Defense System by providing logistic support to the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense system complex in Romania, the establishment of a second complex in Poland, and the continued support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces
in Rota, Spain.
It is the responsibility of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka to assist in the smooth movement of ships into and out of the 7th Fleet AOR and to support the forward deployed naval forces
with all of their logistics requirements on a daily basis.
Primary fuel customers include jets and aircraft from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Yokota Air Base and Misawa Air Base as well as all the 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces
Seabees assigned to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka's Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Regional Management compound on board Yokosuka Naval Base completed equipment refurbishments recently in support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces
These primary customers include jets and aircraft from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Yokota Air Base and Misawa Air Base as well as all the 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces
(FDNF) vessels, said Floyd, adding that fuel is also shipped to Okinawa, Guam, Diego Garcia, Wake Island and Kwajalein Atoll.
While all carriers are presented with the challenge to predict food, material, and merchandise usage and order accurately, many products that stateside carriers take for granted involve significantly longer lead times for the Forward Deployed Naval Forces
Commonly referred to as our Forward Deployed Naval Forces
(FDNF), these ships are usually on a 72-hour tether to be ready to carry out the nation's bidding.
As part of the continuing phased replacement of the aging CH-46 medium-lift helicopters, an Osprey squadron from VMM 265 embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in June 2013, marking the Osprey's first deployment with 7th Fleet forward deployed naval forces
. After three months of daily flight operations in support of Talisman Saber and Bradshaw Field Training Exercises in Australia, the crew is learning firsthand the capabilities, limitations, and potential of the highly versatile tilt-rotor aircraft.