NBU 7 Hosts 7th Fleet and Commandant, Sasebo District during U.S./JMSDF LCAC Cooperative Engagement
By Chief Machinist Mate (SW/AW) Don Paredes, Naval Beach Unit SEVEN Public Affairs Officer
SASEBO, JAPAN. (NNS) – Naval Beach Unit(NBU) SEVEN hosted Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet , Vice Adm. Kauzuki Yamashita, Commandant, Sasebo District, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, Commander, Amphibious Force SEVENTH Fleet to observe the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) Cooperative Engagement between NBU-7 and JMSDF LCAC Unit ONE Nov. 18.
The Cooperative Engagement between NBU 7 and LCAC Unit One allowed the Sailors to share techniques and procedures in LCAC maintenance that not only enhanced productivity but also the relationship between the sister commands.
The admirals observed the U.S. and Japanese maintenance departments execute cross-training in LCAC corrective maintenance at NBU 7’s Yokose maintenance facility.
“We got the opportunity to show pride and ownership in what we do as a command.” said Chief Hull Technician Frederick Hernandez. “It gave the leadership a better view of how NBU 7 operates, especially, by observing junior personnel enthusiastic in doing their jobs and gives them a chance to show off their rating knowledge and skill.”
“It was awesome training, the JMSDF has some very professional Sailors and it was an honor to work alongside each and every one of them,” said Senior Chief Operations Specialist, Christopher Wyatt. We conducted LCAC propeller and lift fan balancing procedures, as well as in depth welding and hull structural repair. It allowed us to see the differences and similarities and an opportunity to further strengthen the bond between Japan and United States of America.”
NBU 7 is forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan and provides the ship-to-shore connectors for the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet amphibious forces.