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USS Robert G. Bradley Conducts Replenishment at Sea

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Story Number: NNS070215-18
Release Date: 2/15/2007 3:40:00 PM

From USS Robert G. Bradley Public Affairs

USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) joined British Oiler RFA Wave Ruler in the Eastern Pacific Feb. 8 to conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP).

While performing their first UNREP in nearly six months, Robert G. Bradley’s junior officers experienced the difficulty associated with the evolution.

“You really don’t appreciate how difficult of an evolution this is until you are on the bridge making constant speed and course changes to stay on station," said Ens. Barry Cohen, a Robert G. Bradley Sailor.

The two ships operated alongside each other at distances as close as 140 feet. Robert G. Bradley’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jim Cody, stood close by to train and observe the conning officers, the individuals responsible for directing the ship’s course, all on their first UNREP.

“This was a great opportunity to let the ensigns conn alongside,” said Cody. “There were several new conning officers and deck division personnel who had not yet seen an UNREP. It really is a ship-wide event.”

Robert G. Bradley received 20,000 gallons of fuel, allowing the ship to remain on station in support of counter-narcoterrorism (CNT) operations, and providing invaluable training for new personnel as well as raising the proficiency of more senior Sailors.

Robert G. Bradley is deployed under the operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command as part of a joint/inter-agency task force conducting counter-narcotics trafficking operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.

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