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NAVSUP/Chief of Supply Corps visits Naval Forces Southern Command, 4th Fleet

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Story Number: NNS100225-23
Release Date: 2/25/2010 9:30:00 PM

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- The commander of Navy Supply System Command (NAVSUP) and chief of Supply Corps spoke with U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) representatives Feb. 2 about C4F supply and logistics departmental participation in Operation Unified Response.

Rear Adm. Michael Lyden, NAVSUP commander and chief of Supply Corps, met with representatvies about the disaster relief and humanitarian aid efforts to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated the Carribean nation.

"We have limited capacity and consequently we've reached back to the NAVSUP enterprise for a team of augmentees ranging from representatives from Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego, FISC Jacksonville, FISC Pearl Harbor, U.S. 2nd Fleet and Naval Operational Logistics Support Center," said Capt. Adrian Garcia, assistant chief of staff of logistics for C4F and Commander Task Force (CTF) 43. "This team of augmentees has enabled the 4th Fleet logistics team to support the humanitarian and disaster relief mission."

In support of Operation Unified Response, C4F is tasked with coordinating the U.S. Navy's response to the earthquake in Haiti. The focus of Operation Unified Response is to alleviate the suffering of survivors and support humanitarian relief efforts.

"We've communicated and coordinated the force sustainment of fuel, stores of food and dry goods, and maintenance parts by airlift or sealift with CTF 41, CTF 48, and Joint Task Force Port Opening," Garcia said. "And the Navy's movement of humanitarian assistance disaster relief supplies into the joint operating are for further transfer to an array of distribution nodes."

As the Navy component command of U.S. Southern Command, NAVSO's mission is to direct U.S. naval forces operating in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions and interact with partner nation navies within the maritime environment.

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