NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka conducts second annual COOPEX exercise
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NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka conducts second annual COOPEX exercise

31 Aug 2021 (Last Updated August 31st, 2021 12:35)

The latest COOPEX focused exclusively on natural disasters and reported improvements in speed and accuracy.

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka conducts second annual COOPEX exercise
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Austin Bowen, assigned to NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Misawa, works to fulfill his role in a training environment where power has been cut off from the building to simulate impact from an earthquake. Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jan Davi/USINDOPACOM.

The US Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka has successfully conducted the second annual Continuity of Operations Exercise (COOPEX).

The exercise required synchronisation among NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s 14 sites across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

It tests the command’s ability and readiness to perform mission essential functions with less disruption during natural disasters, terrorist or military attacks, infrastructure failures, and other emergencies.

The latest COOPEX focused exclusively on natural disasters, with the 1,200 participants placed across multiple sites in the Indo-Pacific region.

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka commanding officer captain Edward Pidgeon said: “We are always mindful of naval competitors in this region, however, natural disasters are another threat here.

“Many of our professionals remember the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and have stories to tell of what it was like, both professionally and personally.”

The training was conducted under simulated severe natural disaster events, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, that led to conditions such as infrastructure failures, loss of communications, and impact to workforce.

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka assistant operations officer lieutenant commander Kevin Peters said: “If in the event you lose all communications, it is up to you to apply your best judgement to the training scenario.

“Remember to apply the commanding officer’s standing orders.”

The facilitators of COOPEX exercise designed the trial scenarios to enhance interoperability between NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s sites to help sustain operations.

It was observed that this year’s COOPEX saw improvement in speed and accuracy compared to last year’s exercise.