Aviation Support underway in Seychelles

U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Burgess, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, uses an electronic purchasing device to purchase supplies Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer uses an Electronic Purchasing Device

U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Burgess, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, uses an electronic purchasing device to purchase supplies Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. The contracting team purchased mission essential supplies for the U.S. personnel and assets located on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Lars Lone, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Liaison Officer to Seychelles, and U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Burgess, CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer, discuss items necessary to be purchased, Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles CJTF-HOA Liaison Officer to Seychelles and Contingency Contracting Officer discuss Necessary Purchase Items

U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Lars Lone, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Liaison Officer to Seychelles, and U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Burgess, CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer, discuss items necessary to be purchased, Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. The contracting team purchased mission essential supplies for the U.S. personnel and assets located on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

Lt. Joshua Burgess, CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer, and U.S. Army Sgt., CJTF-HOA non-commissioned officer in charge of Seychelles examines a forklift hydraulic fluid leak Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. CJTF HOA Personnel Examine a Forklift Hydraulic Fluid Leak

Lt. Joshua Burgess, CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer, and U.S. Army Sgt., CJTF-HOA non-commissioned officer in charge of Seychelles examines a forklift hydraulic fluid leak Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. The contracting team purchased a new hydraulic line and had the forklift repaired during their mission to Seychelles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles McAvoy, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, discusses a contract with representatives from Air Seychelles Sept. 22, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer discuss Contract with Representatives from Air Seychelles

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles McAvoy, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, discusses a contract with representatives from Air Seychelles Sept. 22, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. The contracting team traveled to Seychelles to purchase supplies for the U.S. personnel located there and to validate the contract requirements and needs for the High Altitude LIDAR Observation-Experiment mission that will be conducted starting in Oct. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Tamalia Adams, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, right, purchases equipment Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting Officer, Right, purchases Equipment

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Tamalia Adams, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting officer, right, purchases equipment Sept. 21, 2014, in Victoria, Seychelles. The contracting team purchased mission essential supplies for the U.S. personnel and assets located on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

Three service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office traveled to Victoria, Seychelles to negotiate a service contract for an upcoming mission and to purchase mission essential supplies Sept. 21, 2014.

The contracting officers met with commercial airline Air Seychelles representatives to discuss and validate a contract for the High Altitude LIDAR Operations-Experiment mission that begins in Oct. The HALOE will conduct high-altitude contouring over the island of Seychelles.

“HALOE is being deployed to Seychelles to support CJTF-HOA in creation of contour maps of [East Africa] to improve mission planning and support partner nations in AMISOM,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lars Lone, CJTF-HOA DET liaison officer to Seychelles. “HALOE will additionally support Seychelles in contour mapping several major islands to improve airport facilities and aid in planning for future airport construction.”

The contract between the U.S. government and Air Seychelles that was discussed will provide all ground services for the HALOE aircrew and aircraft. The airline company will provide services such as lavatory, water, cabin cleaning, regular aircraft maintenance, push back and towing services, to name a few.

“The HALO-E mission will be in direct support of CJTF-HOA,” Lone said. “This contract will ensure the aircrew will be prepared and have all their needs met prior to their arrival, allowing for a smooth start of the mission, as well as carry them through the entire operation.”

Seychelles provides a strategic location for U.S. personnel to operate out of and acts as a stopping point for the many different missions that fly through here.  More than 1100 U.S. Military and DOD personnel have visited Seychelles in the last six months to complete refueling, crew rest and resupply.

The U.S. military leases the only commercial hangar in Seychelles providing strategic air lift capability in the Indian Ocean.  Seychelles also has a deep water harbor allowing for refueling and resupply in the Indian Ocean.

“[By being here we] are maintaining our open relationships with our joint and intergovernmental military entities as well as maintaining our ties and relationships in East Africa,” said Lone.

Many of the multinational organizations that operate out of Djibouti also operate out of Seychelles, such as European Conference on Antennas and Propagation NESTOR and the regional anti-piracy prosecution and intelligence coordination centre.

Additionally, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Department of Homeland Security and Navy Research Lab have active missions to Seychelles providing support to counter piracy missions as well as weather forecasting.

While on station, the contracting team also conducted the first resupply purchase in nearly six months for the U.S. personnel and assets located on the island. They purchased power tools, fuel and paid for forklift repairs. The forklifts are critical to many of their missions and are used to offload cargo from C-17s and C-130s that come through the island.

“The purpose of this mission was to ensure the facility here can continue to do its job and stay up and running for any mission that comes this way,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Burgess, CJTF-HOA Contingency Contracting officer. “As a CCO our job is to pick up and go places to provide support when needed downrange.”

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