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Oiler Completes Japan's 700th Refueling in Arabian Sea

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Story Number: NNS061204-04
Release Date: 12/4/2006 2:27:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Whittenberger, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- Japanese oiler JDS Mashu (AOE 425), part of Escort Division 8, conducted a replenishment at sea with the German navy frigate, FGS Schleswig-Holstein (F-216), Nov. 27, marking Japan’s official 700th refueling of a U.S. or coalition ship since Nov. 2, 2001.

For more than five years, Japan has provided fuel for these vessels so U.S. and coalition ships can conduct operations in the Arabian Sea as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

“We sincerely wish to continuously contribute to improving the operational efficiency of coalition ships,” said Escort Division 8 Commander, Japanese Capt. Koji Sugihara.

This was the sixth replenishment Schleswig-Holstein conducted with Mashu since the German ship arrived in the region in June.

“In the wide maritime area of operations we operate in, it’s of utmost importance that we can rely on the availability of capable replenishment units,” said Schleswig-Holstein Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eike Wetters. “Therefore, the continued support of the Japanese is very essential to the coalition’s mission in the region.”

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