HMS Westminster Receives First Ever RAS From RFA Tidespring

Other ships have practised – including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth but HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the Fleet’s newest tanker, RFA Tidespring. Fellow tanker RFA Wave Knight and Westminster’s HMS Sutherland had previously proved the Tide-class ship’s capabilities during her sea trials last year. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is one of four built to refuel the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and her task group when at sea. Measuring just over 200 meters in length and with a top…

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USNS Rappahannock Delivers Fuel to Indonesian Frigate

USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with a guided-missile frigate of the Indonesian Navy at Indonesian territorial waters in the South China Sea, May 20. The Rappahannock, a Henry J. Kaiser-class ship, transferred more than 13,000 gallons of fuel to the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (FFG-331), a Martadinata-class guided-missile frigate of the Indonesian Navy. “Indonesia is an important partner in the region and drills like this help promote interoperability, enhance our partnership and increase Theater Security Cooperation,” said Capt. Robert R. Williams, commodore of MSC Far East. “We…

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USNS Washington Chambers Replenishes Royal Malaysian Navy Frigate

USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with a Royal Malaysian Navy ship in the South China Sea, April 7. The Washington Chambers, a Lewis and Clark-class ship, transferred about 5,000 gallons of fuel to KD Lekiu (F30), a Lekiu-class frigate of the Royal Malaysian Navy. The ability to UNREP Lekiu allows the ship to increase its range and transit further east in support of this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC 2018). The U.S. Pacific Fleet-sponsored RIMPAC exercise, the world’s largest international naval exercise, is…

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Nightdippers Supply Lincoln With VERTREP

he Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 are playing a major role ensuring the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gets the supplies it needs during the extensive underway replenishment (UNREP) and ammunition onload, March 25-28. HSC-5 is a squadron of MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, whose missions typically include naval special warfare support, search and rescue, anti-surface warfare and vertical replenishments at sea (VERTREP). This underway, they conducted one with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W.…

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One hundred million litres of fuel transferred by HMAS Sirius

HMAS Sirius has achieved a significant milestone with the ship supplying its one hundred millionth liter of fuel during underway replenishments at sea (RAS). For everyday Australians, this is the equivalent to topping up the family four wheel drive 1.25 million times. The milestone occurred during a dual replenishment of frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta off the south coast of New South Wales, with Parramatta receiving the golden litre of fuel. Sirius conducted her 500th replenishment with Melbourne in September 2017. Over 12 years of service, Sirius has conducted…

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Empire State crew visits Underway Replenishment test site for training

Personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Underway Replenishment (UNREP) test site welcomed the crew of MT Empire State for training, Dec. 19. “We’re giving them step-by-step training on everything they need to know to properly complete an UNREP,” said Chief Petty Officer Brandon Orr. “It will benefit them because it’s hands-on, it’s trial by error, we can slow down or stop if needed and give them in-depth insight on every facet of this evolution and the crew will be able to pass on this knowledge.”…

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Farragut to Truman: Fill ‘er Up

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) performed a simulated replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USS Farragut (DDG 99) Oct. 23, as part of Truman’s Tailored Shipboard Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP). “What’s unique about this RAS is that normally we go alongside a supply ship to receive fuel,” said Senior Chief Quartermaster Jerry Tredo, Navigation department’s leading chief petty officer. “Today we had a destroyer that pulled alongside us to receive fuel.” A RAS is an all-hands evolution that can include up to a 200-man working party and Sailors from…

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All day and all Knight – Wave tanker is kept busy from the Arctic to Iberia

Frigate HMS St Albans receives ‘black gold’ from tanker RFA Wave Knight as she refuels in the Atlantic to sustain her patrol as Fleet Ready Escort – the Royal Navy’s on-call guardian in home waters. It’s not the warship we’re interested in, but the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and an autumn which has probably proved to be busier, more varied and more eventful than many of the 90 men and women aboard expected. Wave Knight returned to Portland in the summer after a lengthy stint in the Caribbean, which required a…

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Capability milestone for replenishment ship

HMAS Sirius recently completed a major aviation capability milestone with her first helicopter passenger transfer. Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, was the first official passenger with a transfer from HMAS Adelaide to Sirius. Lieutenant Commander Warren Bowring, the newly appointed Maritime Logistics Officer in Sirius, was acting as one of the Helicopter Directors on the day and welcomed Rear Admiral Mayer onboard. “I feel honored to conduct this passenger transfer because Rear Admiral Mayer and I served together when he was the Commanding Officer in HMAS Anzac,” Lieutenant…

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A Sirius milestone for replenishment ship

Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius has reached a significant capability head mark, conducting her 500th replenishment at-sea on 7 September. HMAS Melbourne had the privilege of the milestone refueling, in an operation that also saw HMA Ships Parramatta and Toowoomba refueled in a triple replenishment operation. As a part of the multi-ship Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment, Sirius is providing support for the largest Australian task group deployed in over 40 years. Within a 24-hour period, the crew of Sirius reinforced their reputation for great service when they replenished HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin,…

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Harry S Truman Conducts Ammunition Onload

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted a complex, multi-day ammunition onload with USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), September 12-13, using both connected transfers and vertical lifts. As with any Navy event, this immense undertaking started by prechecking the equipment necessary to complete the task. “We initiated multiple phases in order to be prepared for this onload,” said Lt. Cmdr. Alexa Sandifer, Truman’s Ordnance Handling Officer (OHO). “We had to first make sure our equipment and weapons elevators were fully operational and ready to take on the ammunition onload.”…

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Theodore Roosevelt Completes CVN Fueling at Sea Since 2015

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) successfully completed a fueling at sea (FAS) with guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), Aug. 21. This marked the first time since 2015 an aircraft carrier has successfully fueled another ship.  “It sets the standard for the rest of the fleet,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ryan Parker, leading chief petty officer of deck department aboard Theodore Roosevelt. “We are able to perform this evolution with the rest of the strike group. With the absence of an oiler, we can replenish the other ships.” Theodore Roosevelt…

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USS Porter Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea with Turkish Navy

While Porter usually resupplies through United States Naval Ships, the RAS allowed Porter to work with Turkey, a NATO ally in the region, increasing interoperability and strengthening international ties. “It’s important to continue to work with our allies in the Black Sea and develop these evolutions of mutual support for each other,” said Cmdr. John Tobin, commanding officer of Porter. “If we practice a replenishment-at-sea whenever we’re able to, we only strengthen our interoperability for future operations.” “Porter and TCG YB. Kudret’s replenishment in the Black Sea demonstrates the professionalism…

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100 Years of Underway Replenishment

The Civil Service Mariners (CIVMAR) who crew Military Sealift Command’s fast combat support ship, USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), got the ship underway from Naval Station Norfolk, March 22, to do what the U.S. Navy has done for 100 years, underway replenishments at sea (UNREP). Underway replenishments are a critical naval capability which allows U.S. Navy and allied ships to be resupplied with fuel, food and stores without pulling into a port. This capability allows naval warships to stay on station longer and continue with their mission uninterrupted. “UNREPS keep the…

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USNS Guadalupe Refuels USS Frank Cable at Sea

March 29, 2017 – USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) pulled alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) for a fueling at sea, March 21. This was the first refueling completed underway by Frank Cable since April 2014. During the feuling, Guadalupe transferred more than 120,000 gallons of fuel to the Frank Cable, ensuring the ship is capable of meeting its ever changing mission requirements. Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable’s commanding officer, said that during the past year, the Navy’s two tenders, Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land (AS…

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