Hong Kong Ship Support Office Strengthens Global Relationship

Story Number: NNS061017-13Release Date: 10/17/2006 4:08:00 PM
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By Bill Doughty, U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- The Ship Support Office (SSO) here, part of U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka, provided cost-savings global relationship-building support in mid-October to KRI Dewaruci, a "tall ship" naval training ship of the Republic of Indonesia.

"Basically we walked them through the diplomatic clearance process, set up a welcome ceremony at Fenwick Pier and gave them a list of the service providers that we have used in the past," said Lt. David Schaus, SSO site director. "The end result was they did not have to hire a shipping agent in Hong Kong so they saved big bucks."

An official letter from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, signed by Consul Avodhia G. L Kalake, expressed, "sincere gratitude and appreciation to the U.S. Ship Support Office for its assistance and cooperation during the visit to Hong Kong on 12-14 October 2006. We fervently believe that the events would be a foundation for our closer relationship and cooperation in the future."

The Hong Kong SSO provides extensive support to Forward-Deployed Naval Forces of the United States, assists other navies where possible, and provides ready humanitarian and community relations support when needed.

According to Cmdr. David Warunek, officer in charge of the FISC Detachment Singapore, which oversees the SSO, logistics services are strategically located to provide the most good. He and his team have provided logistics arrangement and assistance and other vendor information to New Zealand ships visiting Hong Kong and Vladivostok. FISC Detachment Singapore also processes shipments of repair parts and other material to Diego Garcia for British and Australian forces.

"These efforts are routinely reciprocated by the Royal Navy via priority berthing assignments and support in Sembawang (Singapore), and also via Royal Australian Navy underway replenishment support for ships operating in or transiting the western Pacific," said Warunek.

"Reciprocal support can also come in small but very meaningful measures, as with Royal New Zealand Navy's contribution of material handling equipment for tsunami relief efforts out of Singapore," he added. "Good will is fostered through these efforts and, in the process we are able to execute our respective missions more effectively."

For related news, visit the U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/fiscyokosuka/.

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