The Merlion Star FEBruary 17, 2017 - Volume 26 - Issue 4

Table Of Contents

  • COMLOG WESTPAC, USS Coronado Complete Successful Voyage Repair Availability
  • Singapore Service Members Recognize African American/Black History Month
  • Fleet Logistics Center Singapore helps prepare Pacific Partnership 17 for Success
  • MSC delivers critical Support for Security Cooperation Engagements in Southeast Asia
  • Energy Conservation Initiative
  • Safety Flash: PSA Cycling Rules and Avoiding Shortcuts at Work
  • Sembawang Military Community Celebrates Waitangi Day!
  • Dueling Pianos Take Terror Club by Fun!
  • MWR Update: January Photo Contest Winner
  • MWR Fit Bits and Admiral's Cup Information
  • Navy Region Singapore YouTube Clips

COMLOG WESTPAC, USS Coronado Complete Successful Voyage Repair Availability

Story by MC2 Joshua Fulton, photos by MC2 Amy Ressler

Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific Ship Repair Unit and crew from the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado completed a successful voyage repair availability period in Singapore Feb. 10.

The seven-day repair period will enable Coronado to continue its mission, conducting cooperative security engagements with regional partner nations and enhancing maritime security relationships during the ship’s rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

“The strategic location of the COMLOG WESTPAC Ship Repair Unit and the importance of work that is done here cannot be understated,” said Sean Jermyn, Project Manager for USS Coronado. “Our location in Singapore enables us to sustain and provide timely voyage repairs for ships operating throughout this region.”

The COMLOG WESTPAC Ship Repair Unit facilitated maintenance on the USS Coronado’s main propulsion systems, the ship’s lift platform, radars, and the ship’s communication systems.

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits the South China Sea.

Additionally, repairs and preventative maintenance checks were performed on the ship’s Collection Holding Transfer (CHT) Tank, which required the deactivation of all ship’s bathroom, shower and galley facilities for a five-day period. The repairs were accomplished while allowing USS Coronado’s crew to utilize local facilities as a substitute for the affected services due to the proximity of the ship’s berthing at the Sembawang Wharf.

The synchronization between USS Coronado’s crew and the Ship Repair Unit was crucial to the success of the voyage repair availability, enhancing the Navy’s ability to implement agile and adaptive logistical support throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

“The ability to operate forward in the region is negated if we don’t have the ability to perform maintenance repairs. Without these capabilities, ships would have to go all the way to Yokosuka or Guam to receive necessary repairs” - Terrence Burns

“The ability to operate forward in the region is negated if we don’t have the ability to perform maintenance repairs,” said Terrence Burns, Marine Surveyor for USS Coronado. “Without these capabilities, ships would have to go all the way to Yokosuka or Guam to receive necessary repairs, meaning the ships would have to choose between executing their mission in a limited capacity or leaving the area for an extended timeframe.”

Located in Singapore since 1992, COMLOG WESTPAC is U.S. 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready logistics, operating government-owned and contracted ships to keep units throughout 7th Fleet armed, fueled, and fed. Additionally, Task Force 73 is 7th Fleet's Theater Security Cooperation agent for South and Southeast Asia.

Singapore Service Members Recognize African American/Black History Month

Story and photos by MC3 Madailein Abbott, CTF73 Public Affairs

Throughout the month of February, the Navy joins our nation in celebrating the history and culture of African American and Black Sailors during National African American/Black History Month. Sailors and Navy commands are encouraged to use this month to celebrate and recognize the exceptional and distinctive contributions as well as the unique histories and cultures that our African American/Black shipmates bring to our Navy.

National African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans in their struggles for freedom and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in shaping the history of the United States. Beginning in 1915, historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Through this organization, Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford expanded the celebration to include the entire month of February. Since then, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as National African American/Black History Month.

African-American Sailors have made great contributions to shape today's Navy. One of the most famous examples is Master Chief Master Diver Carl Brashear who was the first African-American Navy Diver. He was also the first African American to attain the designator of Navy Master Diver. Today, a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship bears his name, the USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7).

“From the African American Pilots, The Tuskegee Airman to the First African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Honorable Colin Powell, the contributions African Americans have made to building the strongest fighting force in the world run very deep.” - Senior Chief CJ Eison

“African American/Black History Month is important to our U.S. Navy and Armed Forces because it is a time to reflect on the significant contributions African Americans have made to protect the freedoms we all hold dear,” said Senior Chief CJ Eison, attached to Military Sealift Command Far East, Singapore. “From the African American Pilots, The Tuskegee Airman to the First African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Honorable Colin Powell, the contributions African Americans have made to building the strongest fighting force in the world run very deep.”

In today’s Navy, 19 percent of the Navy's enlisted force identifies as African American or Black, including 17 percent of all senior and master chiefs, while seven percent of the officer force and four percent of all admirals also identify as African American or Black.

A diverse workforce positions the Navy to operate successfully around the globe by bringing together Sailors and civilians with different ideas, experiences, perspectives, capabilities and skill sets. Integrating those with diverse backgrounds into the force allows the Navy to recruit and retain the nation's top talent from a wider pool of skilled personnel.

“The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Armed Forces are the most diverse fighting force in the world and I believe this diversity is the key to our fighting success,” said Eison. “Knowing that no matter what color, nationality, religion, gender, or sexual orientation you have, you have a voice and you will be heard. That’s what allows the Navy and Armed Forces to accomplish any mission.”

Sailors and civilians stationed in Singapore attend a lunch at the Terror Club to recognize African American/Black History Month.

In years before, the Navy has celebrated African American/Black History Month, which recognizes the accomplishments achieved and challenges faced by African American and Black service members. The Navy continues this tradition and will endeavor to recognize the achievements of the brave men and women who paved the way for current Sailors for years to come.

For more information on the achievements by African American/Black Sailors can be found at the Naval History and Heritage Command web page at

Fleet Logistics Center Singapore helps prepare Pacific Partnership 17 for Success

Story by MC2 Joshua Fulton, CTF73 Public Affairs

Staff from the Navy Supply Systems Command, Feet Logistics Center Site Singapore are conducting load-out and logistical support for USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) in Singapore Feb. 16, initiating the final preparation phase for the 12th annual Pacific Partnership mission that will run from March through June.

USNS Fall River is the mission platform for Pacific Partnership 17, a multilateral mission that helps nations improve disaster response preparedness and capacity while enhancing partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

“We are handling all of the critical logistical support for Pacific Partnership, including husbanding services associated with the departure of Fall River from Singapore and the various port visits for each of the missions, lodging for the participating personnel, transportation, phones for communication purposes, engineering and medical supplies,” said Carolyn McCloskey, FLC Site Singapore Supervisory Contracting Officer, Husbanding Branch.

FLC Site Singapore manages the Navy’s supply system throughout South and Southeast Asia, providing logistical support to surface ships, submarines, aircraft, and expeditionary forces operating in the region. The Singapore team will manage all contracting actions associated with Pacific Partnership.

The logistical support provided by FLC Site Singapore throughout Pacific Partnership will enable the mission staff and team from Coastal Riverine Group ONE, Task Force 73 and Military Sealift Command Far East to focus on completing the day-to-day operations, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the mission.

“Historically, logistical support determines the success of any mission,” said Lt. Broward Maryan, deployed contracting officer for Pacific Partnership missions. “By providing complete and thorough logistical support throughout the mission, we enable our partners from CTF 73 and MSCFE to put all their energy into ensuring Pacific Partnership 17 is successfully carried out.”

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command. The enterprise networks more than 20 sites and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam, with a mission to serve the Asia-Pacific Region's forward deployed maritime forces with 24/7 operational logistics support integrating an extensive service provider network to deliver fuel, material, mail and supply chain services across the U.S. Navy's largest geographical AOR.

NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a global Navy. The organization is made up of approximately 6,300 military and civilian logistics professionals operating from 105 locations worldwide providing an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational units, and allied forces across all warfare enterprises.

MSC delivers critical Support for Security Cooperation Engagements in Southeast Asia

Story by MC3 Madailein Abbott, CTF73 Public Affairs

Throughout the calendar year the armed forces share knowledge and confirm partnerships with participating nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific, which would not be possible without the capabilities and determination of the Military Sealift Command Far East. Their support for exercises such as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Pacific Partnership, and Cobra Gold enables theater security cooperation efforts across the region that enhance maritime partnerships.

MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners. Most recently, MSC has been preparing ships and on loading cargo for Pacific Partnership 2017.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

“The U.S. has the number one military in the world and it’s important to be leading the way in humanitarian efforts as much as possible to continue the positive relations with our partner nations.” - Kevin Fleming

This year's mission will be led by Commander, Coastal Riverine Group ONE (CRG-1), embarked on the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), and will include more than 200 military and civilian personnel from the U.S. along with participating nations. USNS Fall River and the Pacific Partnership mission team will make mission stops in South and Southeast Asia from March through June, 2017.

“MSC does a lot of exercises, they have a wide variety of ships which conduct special missions like moving cargo and also humanitarian projects,” said Kevin Fleming, Adaptive Force Package (AFP) Logistics Manager for MSC Far East. “The U.S. has the number one military in the world and it’s important to be leading the way in humanitarian efforts as much as possible to continue the positive relations with our partner nations.”

MSC safely operates, supplies, and maintains the ships that provide logistics support, conduct special missions, move military equipment, supply combat forces, provide humanitarian relief, and strategically position combat cargo around the world. For MSC Far East, the focus of most missions is the loading and transportation of cargo and necessary equipment as well providing humanitarian relief in times of crisis.

A unique capability for MSC compared to other U.S. Navy ships is the temporary setup of units inside the cargo spaces of compatible ships. In preparation of exercises which will require a larger number of personnel than the ship would normally be able to handle, the team can load containers which hold entire units such as working office spaces, berthing’s and shower units in order to accommodate for a larger crew. Units like these have been on loaded and installed for the preparation of Pacific Partnership 2017.

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“I’m in charge of the AFP which is the assortment of containers such as dry storage containers, cold storage containers, and modularized offices which can hold technical equipment that are mission essential,” said Flemming. “This kind of support is imperative for large exercises which require an equally large number of individuals to make it a success. We’re laying the ground work for a strong foundation so this type of platform can be utilized on different types of vessels outside of MSC in the future for various types of missions.”

With the help of U.S. Navy personnel and civilian mariners, MSC continues to maintain strategic readiness around the globe. They work in unison with the Navy's fleets to coordinate efforts to provide resources whenever and wherever required to the benefit of our armed forces and citizens throughout the Southeast Asia region.

U.S. Navy Energy Initiatives Underway

Public Works Department, Singapore

Presidential Executive Order 13693 has mandated reduction of energy use in federal facilities. In accordance with this mandate, utilities funding across the Department of the Navy has been reduced by over $100M this fiscal year. All installations are being asked to find ways to tighten our belts and conserve energy through better implementation of existing conservation plans and by finding new and creative ways to reduce energy consumption. Here are some strategies to reduce energy at work and at home.

• Use lights and air condition only when necessary. For instance, use partial lighting to suit the staff present, rather than the whole floor area. Adding automatic sensors or reducing lighting in overly lit areas can help as well. Talk to your assigned building manager or call Public Works at 6750-2541 for information.

• Switch equipment off when it is not in use. Even in standby mode, your equipment still consumes energy. Computers can be powered off at the end of the workday; they are remotely booted at night for software updates.

• Use the energy saving features of modern IT equipment like printers and copiers.

• Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they’re charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy even if they’re not charging.

• Replace incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency LED or fluorescent light bulbs.

• Use window blinds. Closing window blinds during direct sunlight can help reduce AC demands.

• Calculate and assess your energy consumption. Consider that, in a household, using ten 40-watt bulbs operating for 12 hours per day costs about $30 per month.

• Consider using a fan instead of the air conditioner for conditioning small areas.

• Use the sun’s energy to dry your clothes when the weather permits. Use indoor and outdoor drying racks (for example, in the void decks). There is no energy cost and your clothes smell fresher.

• Only air-condition the rooms you currently occupy. Set them to 78F (26C) which will help you be more comfortable moving between indoors and outside in our hot, humid climate. Turn off air conditioners when you aren’t home

Safety Flash: PSA Cycling Rules and Avoiding Shortcuts at Work

From the Safety Office, Navy Region Center Singapore

The Port of Sembawang Authority (PSA) wants send a friendly reminder that bicycle safety is a must and that while riding aboard PSA, there are special rules to abide by. In addition, taking shortcuts while working can potentially be unsafe. Making the wrong decision to get the work done in the least amount of time can lead to unintended consequences.

Please see the Safety Flash newsletters below below for more information on Bike Safety and Avoiding Shortcuts.

Sembawang Military Community Celebrates Waitangi Day!

Photos by Wendy Martin, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Singapore

Waitangi Day is New Zealand's national day celebrated annually every 6th of February with a public holiday.

This year New Zealand celebrated 177 years since a treaty was signed in 1840 between the British crown and many of the chiefs of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand that sealed British sovereignty of the islands of New Zealand.

It is largely a nation wide family day and some public celebrations in the settlement of Waitangi - where the original treaty was signed in the Bay of Islands in North land Region of New Zealand. Significantly, the New Zealand Navy has supported this ceremony at the treaty grounds since the very early days.

On Feb. 4, 2017, the "kiwi" community of Sembawang hosted the annual Morale, Welfare and Recreation "Waitangi Day" Fun Run gathering over 120 participants finishing at Woodlands house in Kings Ave; the home of the New Zealand Defence Advisor. An additional group of more than 50 non-runners enjoyed some traditional kiwi food (Kai) and prepared for the annual Tug of War Challenge.

Thank you all who turned up and those who could not but still purchased the rather unique commemorative T-shirts. We hope to have a bigger turn out next year! See you then.


Commander Paul Gray

Commanding Officer, New Zealand Defence Support Unit (SEA)

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Dueling Pianos Take Terror Club by Fun!

Photos by Henry Cotter, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Singapore

The dynamic duo team antics of Noel Leaman and Daniel Louisell otherwise known as, The Dueling Pianos, shook the Terror Club's upper patio Feb. 9, 2017 as more than 100 patrons and members of the Sembawang Military Community watched and participated in the evening's entertainment. For many, the night's entertainment proved to be a fun-filled show as adults and children volunteered in piano-driven dance activities. Check out the photos below for a glimpse of what happened.

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MWR January Photo Contest Winner!

Community Recreation has a monthly vacation Photo Contest. Morale, Welfare and Recreation Authorized Patrons are invited to submit 1 favorite photo from a recent vacation to with "Vacation Photo Contest" in the subject line. Include a photo description with your name, phone number, and command. The winner will receive a voucher for US$10 at the Terror Club! The winning photo will be featured on the NRS Fleet & Family Readiness Facebook page and in the ITT Office and in the Merlion Star. Submissions are due by 2 p.m. on the third Friday of each month.

February submissions are due February 17. March submissions are due by March 17. The Vacation Photo Contest winner for January is Cortney McCurry! Her photo is of a beautiful sunrise in Fiji.

MWR Fit Bits and Admiral's Cup Information

Here's a few notes from the MWR Fitness team for this month:


Come out to Pick up soccer every Wednesdays at the TC field at 1600. Pick-up basketball starting up 28 Mar 2017, every Tuesday and Thursday.


Winter Fitness clinic happening on Feb. 25, 2017, Saturday morning at 1000. Instructors are going to showcase classes that are being taught here at FFC. There will be mini sessions of Shred, Cycle, and Functional Fitness. Two fitness challenge winners will receive a $25.00 Physical Training gift certificate they may put towards any Physical Training sessions or Initial assessments! Healthy drinks and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!


Physical Training now offered at Fleet Fitness Gym for minimal fees. You can choose the session that bests suites you, either come in with a buddy, a group, or just on your own. All are offered at Fleet Fitness. Please contact the front desk staff for any questions at 6750-2482 or email the fitness manager at If you are interested you can pick up a Personal Training packet at the front desk to fill out and pay the $25.00 USD fee for your initial assessment and get started!

Please call the Fleet Fitness Center for more information at 6750-2482.

The 2017 Admiral's Cup kicked off last month with a bang! Come out and support this awesome year-long sports event. Check out this year's Admiral's Cup Events and don't forget to sign up! For more information, please contact

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