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Merchant tanker Empire State, the first ship to begin defueling the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF), awaits fuel line disconnect upon completing transfer of fuel in the predawn hours at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Oct. 19, 2023.
231018-A-ME245-1021.JPG Photo By: Sgt. Kyler Chatman

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - Merchant tanker Empire State, the first ship to begin defueling the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF), awaits fuel line disconnect upon completing transfer of fuel in the predawn hours at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Oct. 19, 2023. The tanker received approximately 12 million gallons of fuel. JTF-RH is in the fifth and final phase of its defueling plan, where JTF-RH along with Defense Logistics Agency Energy and Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, are safely defueling the RHBFSF. This stage consists of defueling approximately 104 million gallons of fuel, with planned strategic pauses for safety checks, and transporting the fuel to various locations throughout the Pacific. JTF-RH continues to work in collaboration with state and federal regulators to ensure proper oversight throughout the defueling process. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Kyler Chatman)


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