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Bulk Petroleum Support for
Pacific Pathways Exercises

USARPAC utilizes Western TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) as a rapid response and innovative solution to support Class III (B) movements throughout USINDOPACOM.

Challenge

The United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) grapples with an ongoing and dynamic challenge related to procurement and distribution especially in relation to bulk fuel and water. This challenge revolves around factors such as time, distance, mode of transportation, and geopolitical constraints as well as partner-nation environmental concerns.

Given the strategic complexity of this combatant command, the 8th Transportation Support Command (8th TSC) must devise innovative and responsive sustainment solutions that cater to unique scenarios at all levels. The central task for the 8th TSC involves seamlessly integrating these customized solutions into a comprehensive system of systems, thereby redefining regionally aligned “Theater Readiness.”

Through an assessment of competencies gained from past exercises, it became evident that addressing fuel surety and transportability gaps for Class III (B) supplies was crucial.

Tactical petroleum distribution systems face limitations due to their design, which was not originally intended for multi-modal transport. These limitations persist within the current Army systems. To rapidly deploy petroleum capabilities, adaptable equipment that can seamlessly integrate with existing tactical infrastructure is essential. Unfortunately, the existing design of their tactical fuel distribution vehicles hinders a swift transition from overseas shipping to sustaining ground combat operations.

Location

USINDOPACOM — Pacific Pathways – Salakanib/Balikatan (PP-SN/BK) 22 in the Philippines

Solution

The Western TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) deployed to the Philippines containing approx. 4800 gals of JP-8.

Upon theater entry, the operators attempted to conduct aviation distribution operations at the Subic Bay port following multiple testing cycles using organic equipment and local fuel. The intent was initially to provide self-sustainment support with more extensive storage and distribution capabilities for rotary wings, enhancing aviation operations.

However, under unforeseen logistical circumstances, the TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) became the sole CL III(B) source for the 25th CAB, which extended the proof of principle in using the TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) for on-the-move aviation and inland bulk petroleum support.

The exercise showcased an innovative approach aimed at expanding lines of communication, reducing dependence on local contracting during port operations, and demonstrating the effectiveness of maneuver elements in sustaining operational tempo (OPTEMPO), ensuring tactical mobility, and enhancing lethality. This was achieved by maximizing fuel surety and the transportability of Class III (B) supplies.

End-users and leadership recognized the TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) as a viable commerical solution to address the distribution gap for USINDOPACOM’s Class III (B) requirements.

TIMELINE

June 2022 | 1x TransTank Tactical and 2x TCT500

Outcome

The TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) proof of principle played a crucial role in supporting both the 8th Transportation Support Command (TSC) and the 25th Infantry Division as they continue to align with the U.S. Army’s latest readiness and modernization doctrine.

This strategic endeavor emphasizes a persistent, robust, and innovative sustainability enterprise—a vital component for maintaining a competitive advantage in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). As a result of this support, the units were able to sustain combat power, extend endurance, and enhance strategic and operational reach.

The TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) stands out for its fully transportable design and its ability to simultaneously refuel multiple pieces of equipment.

Its maritime certifications simplify over-the- sea transport and operability. Furthermore, the TransTank Tactical (AMSCAT) seamlessly aligns with current organic legacy equipment and future high readiness and modernization objectives which focus on self-sustained and expeditionary forces within the context of MDO, while minimizing reliance on host-nation contracting support.

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