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UNREPUnderway Replenishment
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Underway replenishment procedures require skilled crews and intense training.
The Etna was designed with a similar mission to Spain's Patino, namely the underway replenishment of an aircraft carrier battle group.
* Scenario (Underway Replenishment), http://safetycenter.navy.mil/orm/generalorm/scenarios/unrep.ppt
The 689-foot-long underway replenishment vessel, known as a T-AKE, replaces the current capability of the Kilauea-class ammunition ships and Mars-class combat stores ships, and it also possesses the capability to refuel ships at sea.
Designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea while providing underway replenishment services, Sacagawea will directly contribute to the Navy's ability to maintain a forward presence.
Consumption rate and order lead-times can be used to calculate the safety margin for re-ordering to have inventories arrive just-in-time on the pier or resupplied at sea with an underway replenishment.
A total of 29 MSC ships support the fleet by supplying Navy warships around the world, 14 of these are underway replenishment (UNREP) oilers that provide fuel to Navy combat ships and jet fuel to aircraft carriers at sea.
It started out as a routine underway replenishment in the Middle Pacific between our cruiser and a T-AO.
The next combat logistics force underway replenishment naval vessel will be named after RAdm.
"I feel grateful to be able to help in some small way," said Albert Gibbs, a crew member aboard MSC underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe.