NNS020930-02 Pacific Division Planners Project Fleet's Future
Release Date: 9/30/2002 10:37:00 AM
By Don Rochon, Pacific Division Public Affairs Officer
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- In the first Regional Shore Infrastructure Plan (RSIP) that spans an entire fleet's Area of Responsibility, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division's Planning and Base Development Department recently completed a significant and timely ordnance infrastructure study for the Commander-in-Chief, U.S Pacific Fleet.
The plan was a year-and-a-half effort that succeeded in providing overarching guidance for an efficient, flexible and responsive ordnance infrastructure for the fleet. The plan set forth the movement, storage, maintenance and delivery of munitions to operating forces of the future.
"A key factor in the success of the effort was a facilitated scenario-planning workshop that was attended by representatives of the Pacific Fleet's ordnance and facilities staffs, weapons stations, operations and logistics commands, and Navy research and development," said Irwin Furumoto, Head, Pacific Division Global Planning Branch, and the senior planner in charge of the project.
"Other DoD elements, including Military Sealift Command (MSC), Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC), Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Air Force HQ, Air Mobility Command (AMC) and Pacific Air Forces also attended," remarked Furumoto. "I believe this membership enabled the development of a robust, long-range vision."
The rigorous visioning process included projecting our nation's involvement in future geo-political situations, and then working backwards to plan an infrastructure that is correctly positioned to support future Pacific Fleet ordnance demands.
"Another important factor for success was the emergence of a working group of strategic visioning partners representing the Northwest and Southwest U.S., Hawaii, Guam, MSC, MTMC and AMC," explained Furumoto.
The working group established a preliminary priority list of infrastructure improvement projects that would have the biggest impact on the fleet's capability to conduct and sustain Naval operations during war and other contingencies.
There were several challenges in developing a plan for a flexible and responsive ordnance infrastructure. Because of the uncertainty of future U.S. basing in the Far East, a strategic location in the Pacific was identified for infrastructure upgrades to establish container receiving and handling capability.
Also, several issues revolved around precision-guided munitions, the likely need to move inventory quickly by air to locations with nearby ports and the desirability of reloading ship vertical-launch systems while underway.
In addition, the plan looked at leveraging modern inventory technology and developing omni-modal containers to streamline transfer between rail, truck, ship and airplane modes of transportation.
The Ordnance Infrastructure Plan is being acknowledged as a transformational document, helping the fleet to bridge the gap between current and future capabilities.
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