By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jenna Kaliszewski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, at sea (May 8, 2014) – The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) May 8, taking on 600,000 gallons of fuel.
The ship’s crew conducted the UNREP to ensure TR will be stocked with enough fuel to conduct flight operations while underway.
“The ship can hold 3.2 million gallons of fuel,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (fueling) 1st Class Damon St. Ann, the leading petty officer of the below decks fuel operations. “We currently have more than two million gallons aboard.”
Aviation boatswain’s mates (fueling) check the quality of the fuel before beginning the fast-paced onload.
“We check the new fuel for color, water content and quality,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (fueling) 1st Class Chris Blair, the leading petty officer of flight deck fuel operations.
“If the first sample isn’t what we want, I switch tanks to bring on more fuel until we receive a sample that’s good,” said St. Ann.
Once a good sample is received, they begin filling TR’s tanks.
TR has 187 fuel tanks. Six tanks on both the forward and aft ends of the ship remain empty at all times to prevent the pressure from becoming too high, said St. Ann.
The crew prepared for this replenishment days ahead of time by consolidating its tanks, leaving as many tanks empty as they could, said St. Ann.
“Our main end goal is getting clean, clear, and bright fuel up to the flight deck so [flight] operations can continue,” said Blair.
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