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Truman Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100125-14
Release Date: 1/25/2010 2:50:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Moore, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received fuel, supplies and ammunition during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) Jan. 22 from fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203).

The RAS allowed Truman to continue conducting carrier qualifications without pulling into port for logistical needs.

RASs are important to Navy vessels for many different reasons. A RAS allows the ship to maintain the proper amount of fuel and supplies so the ship can continue its mission without constantly pulling into port.

Truman received pallet after pallet full of supplies and approximately 1.2 million gallons of fuel, all of which was brought on without incident.

"There were no spills, and all of the fuel got where it needed to be, despite the heavy swells that we were dealing with," explained Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (AW/SW) 2nd Class Brian Ellis, V-4 division's "Below Decks" supervisor. "It was actually a very smooth evolution today. We received the exact amount we were aiming for."

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Matthew Stallings said everything went smoothly, safely and quickly.

The RAS also allowed Truman Sailors to refresh their replenishment skills and conduct hands-on training.
Ellis said he was proud of all the Sailors who participated in the evolution, especially the junior Sailors who have never experienced replenishments at sea.

"It's been about five or six months since our last RAS, and a lot of Sailors have left the command since then," said Ellis. "So this was the perfect time to train the new Sailors to the command, and everyone did an excellent job."

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