A precise dance: Replenishment at sea

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn during an underway replenishment Oct. 24, 2013 . Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting carrier qualifications.

When U.S. Navy ships at sea need supplies such as food and fuel, those supplies usually come to them via another ship from the Military Sealift Command.

In a Navy evolution commonly referred to as an UNREP, which is short for underway replenishment, both ships maneuver alongside each other continuously moving forward often for hours at time with fuel lines connected and cargo being transferred from one ship to the other.

It’s an evolution that requires precise navigation.

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