U.S. and Mexican Navy Enhance Logistics by Information Exchange
SAN DIEGO - The Oliver-Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) hosted a delegation of Mexican Navy staff members May 7 for a shipboard demonstration of the U.S. Navy's unit-level logistics process.
The Mexican Navy staff's visit to Third Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force units is intended to strengthen military operations between the U.S. and Mexico by familiarizing senior logisticians with U.S. Navy supply and maintenance systems.
"USS Gary can't operate without a comprehensive logistics system," affirmed Cmdr. James Brown, Gary's Commanding Officer. "If our nations understand each other's logistics systems, we each can work together more effectively."
Brown led the Mexican Navy staff members on a tour of Gary, as crewmembers simulated a discrepancy in a routine maintenance check. Brown was able to showcase how a non-supply rated petty officer could order a part and maintain the ship's equipment at sea.
"Our technicians are more than capable and our training has showcased the ease of the Navy's supply corps," said Lt. Pedro Vargasdiaz, the supply officer aboard Gary. "A good supply corps enables a ship to complete its mission. Engineering departments and even combat systems understand the mission is dependent on supply's ability to support them."
The Navy's logistics system empowers Sailors from the lowest levels to be able to maintain their own equipment and systems. With a global network of assets and warehouses, a deployed naval unit can receive resources at sea without the need to pull into port.
"During our last deployment to Panama, we had interaction with the Mexican Navy as we performed anti-drug operations in the 4th Fleet," said Brown. "Now in port these demonstrations give an opportunity for us to know our partners on a personal level and have that discussion on what has worked well."
Gary also used this opportunity to showcase how Navy logistics aides the sustainment of the ship while at sea. These efforts will set conditions for future sustainment engagement events with the Mexican Navy to enhance cooperation.
Joint, interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. Third Fleet's ability to respond to crises and protect collective maritime interest of the U.S and its allies and partners.