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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