NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Provides Fueling Support to Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Aircraft

Story Number: NNS170619-06Release Date: 6/19/2017 9:09:00 AM
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By Tia Nichole McMillen, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella Director, Office of Corporate Communications

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Sigonella provided fueling support for two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force P-1 aircraft June 14, in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

The United States and Japanese have a long-standing partnership in the theater, however this is the first instance of fuel support between the two countries at Camp Lemonnier.

The Camp Lemonnier fuel division provided JP-8 fuel, an aviation turbine fuel that is similar to commercial aviation fuel, but with the addition of several additives that increase aircraft capability.

Fuels Leading Petty Officer Second Class Justin Glover explained, "Fuel system icing inhibitor (FSII), static dissipater additive, and corrosion inhibitor are injected into Jet A-1 fuel, and then blended to create JP-8 fuel.

"The FSII is the most important of these additives because it prevents the fuel from freezing at very high levels of altitude. This then allows the aircraft to fly at higher elevations and increases the mission capability of the aircraft," said Glover.

Though there was a small language barrier between the fuel operators and the Japanese flight crew, the evolution flowed seamlessly.

"I was very impressed by the professionalism of the Japanese aviators," said Camp Lemonnier Fuels Officer Lt. Tom Wilson.

"It was interesting to see just how similarly we operate despite our cultural differences. I look forward to continuing our work with the Japanese in the future," said Wilson.

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP GLS, which provides global logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and allied forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.

NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics to a global navy. The command is made up of more than 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.

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