Hachinohe Fuel Terminal
The town of Hachinohe (hat-chee-NO-hay), nearby Misawa Air Base, has several fish markets. VP-4 is a Hachinohe-based JMSDF P-3 squadron.
The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka manages 7 fuel terminals spanning from the northern port of Hachinohe to the southern port of Sasebo, Japan. Fuel is stored at the Akasaki, Iorizaki and Yokose Fuel Terminals. FISC Detachments in Sasebo and Tsurumi comprise the largest (11 million barrels storage) and most active bulk fuel complex in the DOD, and represent over 50 percent of all fuel assets in the Pacific. The support is provided through seven ocean terminals that span 1,200 miles from Hachinohe on Northern Honshu to Sasebo on the southern island of Kyushu. Fuel quality surveillance is provided by the laboratories located at each of the detachments.
In 1997 these terminals distributed over 310 million gallons of petroleum products in addition to loading and unloading over 70 tankers, 250 ships, 300 barges and in excess of 7600 rail cars and tanker trucks. Additionally, over 83,000 quality surveillance tests were conducted in 1997, ensuring that fuel delivered to the U.S. Forces throughout Japan, Okinawa, and Korea was delivered on or ahead of schedule while complying with the most stringent quality standards.