November 4, 2019 – USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan (P 30) while underway in the South China Sea, Nov. 1.
The U.S. Navy regularly operates with allies and partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally to promote security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific.
“Having the opportunity to work alongside our Indian Navy partners carries a lot of value,” said civilian mariner Capt. Lee Apsley, ship’s master for USNS Richard E. Byrd. “Opportunities like this allow us to enhance our combined capabilities to effectively sustain operations and to maintain our readiness to respond to any maritime challenges that we might face together.”
USNS Richard E. Byrd is a combat logistics force ship, operated by civilian merchant mariners, that helps the Navy maintain global forward presence. She delivers fuel, ammunition, food and other dry cargo to U.S. and allied ships at sea and can support multi-mission capabilities.
MSC conducted a similar RAS in April involving the fleet oiler USNS Pecos and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Suzutsuki (DD 117).