Contact: Ron Inman
By NAVFAC Far East Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East provides critical public works support to the mission accomplishment of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet and Forward Deployed Naval Forces, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense in the Pacific Region.
The Public Works provides critical mission support daily without fanfare. Without these services, NAVFAC Far East's supported commands could not successfully achieve their missions. One area includes crane and rigging support services (known as weight handling equipment, or WHE). NAVFAC Far East's Public Works Department (PWD) Yokosuka's Base Support Vehicles & Equipment (BSV&E) branch stands vigilant.
"Our fleet of modern mobile cranes and highly skilled crane operators, crane riggers, and crane maintenance personnel provide reliable, efficient, and most importantly, safe weight handling services to the fleet," said Dean Jennings, NAVFAC Far East weight handling program manager.
In March, a prime example of this fleet support occurred when PWD Yokosuka's BSV&E responded to an urgent request from Atsugi-based helicopter squadron HSL-51 to offload a damaged helicopter from the Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89). BSV&E quickly responded, allowing the Mustin to rejoin operations with the rest of the battle group, which would not have been possible without BSV&E's support.
"In addition to lifting and moving equipment and supplies to and from ships, we also do things you might not realize," said Jennings, "like lifting Morale, Welfare and Recreation boats in and out of the water so that they can be repaired and maintained."
These shop crane operators and technicians lift and handle critical components and machinery every day.
"This contributes greatly to keeping all of our on-base facilities and housing up and running," Jennings said. "Our goal in BSV&E weight handling is to help put ships to sea while also doing the heavy lifting in support of base facilities - done right the first time and most importantly, with a consistent focus on safe operations."