DD950 1977 WestPAC Cruise - Unreps

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     The year 1899 saw the first "Underway Replenishment" of fuel between two ships, when the U.S. coal ship MARCEAU transferred coal via high line to the USS MASSACHUSETTES. By World War II, our Navy had perfected this evolution to a degree where a ship could be supplied with fuel and stores in a matter of several minutes.

     UNREP is a dangerous evolution. As two ships come close together at speeds up to fifteen knots, the sea is forced up between the hulls to heights of 20 feet or more. Even though most of our UNREPS were at night, we only had a couple of minor injuries during the entire deployment.


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