Story and Photos by Sky M. Laron, Director of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka
John Floyd (center), NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Kanto Area fuel director, thanks Seabees from NMCB 1 on the completion of a new fuels terminal management building on board Defense Fuel Support Point Hakozaki on the island of Azuma, July 18.
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Yokosuka, Japan, July 18, officially opening a new fuels terminal management office on board Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki, on the island of Azuma located within Tokyo Bay.
Built by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, the 2,800-square-foot facility offers Fuel Department (Code 700) personnel a higher quality of life during their working hours. Building features include office spaces, employee showers and a break room.
“The Seabees did a great job constructing and finishing the building, and our team at Hakozaki is excited about this huge quality-of-life improvement,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.
Official party for the ribbon-cutting ceremony included the following (from left to right): Cmdr. Paul Dougherty, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, executive efficer; Capt. Michelle La Duca, NAVFAC Far East, commanding officer; Cmdr. Kemit Spears, NMCB 1, commanding officer; and Kobayashi Yasoyuki, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Hakozaki terminal supervisor.
Seabees are the U.S. Navy’s builders, and they perform their daily operations with a “Can Do” attitude.
“We worked hot, long hours but everything came together,” said Utilitiesman 3rd Class Chris Brotski, NMCB 1. “It feels good to see the finished product and know that we made the conditions here better.”
For many of the Seabees who took part in the project it was nice to switch gears from runway repairs in Afghanistan to working on office-style structures in Japan. This increased everyone’s expertise and added to their tool kit, said Lt. Cody Keesee, NMCB 1 Yokosuka Detachment officer-in-charge.
Some of the work completed by the Seabees during various stages of the building project included interior finishing, electrical, plumbing and installation of a septic tank. The new facility provides the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Fuels Department with an increased capability to support the fleet.
DFSP Hakozaki holds 29 fuel tanks, each ranging from 3,000 barrels to 300,000 barrels in total capacity with the entire operation putting out an average annual throughput of 116 million gallons.
Primary fuel customers include jets and aircraft from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Yokota Air Base and Misawa Air Base, as well as all the 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces vessels.
Thanks to the Seabees, the more than 100 fuel professionals spending their days on Azuma Island, performing a very large job for the U.S. Navy, can continue to support their forward deployed warfighting customer with the needed products that make their ships and aircraft move on target daily.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Master Labor Contract Fuel Department employees and NMCB 1 Seabees view their new fuels terminal management building, July 18.