USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Air Department's V-4 division set a milestone June 15 as the ship reached the 25-million gallon mark of fuel pumped aboard during the ship's Western Pacific deployment.
The ship pumped fuel aboard during 10 underway replenishments (UNREP), an operation in which fuel lines are sent from a USNS oil tanker to a ship while underway, supplying the fuel needed for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft.
According to Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (SW) William Langdon, "25 million gallons of JP-5 is more fuel than three-and-a-half [oil] tankers full."
"It's quite an accomplishment, especially on this type of deployment," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Sam Gregg. "We came out here not expecting to fly this hard. We came up with 25 million, and we did it without any big mishaps."
Lincoln and CVW-2 used approximately 16 million gallons of fuel during Surge Deployment '04-05, much less than during the current deployment. According to V-4 Fuels Boatswain Lt. Michael Chanley, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held the previous record, pumping 23.5 million gallons of fuel during its maiden deployment.
"We're on track to handle 27 million gallons this cruise," said Chanley. He added that the ship expected to perform a total of 12 refueling UNREPs.
The JP-5 fuel V-4 manages is pumped from stowage tanks below decks and stripped of any water within the tanks. It is then sent through transfer pumps into purifiers. After being cleaned, the JP-5 becomes service fuel ready to be sent to the service tanks and from there to the flight deck. The more jets that are in the air, the more fuel is demanded.
"It's a huge number [of gallons] for the four month period we've been underway compared to other deployments that we've had," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 1st Class (AW) Douglas Mohr.
From below decks, where the V-4 "purple shirts" provide serviceable fuel, to the flight deck, where they directly fuel the aircraft, V-4 pumps roughly 150,000 to 200,000 gallons of JP-5 per day to the aircraft on the flight deck.
V-4 celebrated by having a cake-cutting ceremony in the First Class Petty Officers Mess June 18 with Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin congratulating them on the achievement.
"It is an honor to celebrate the dedication and professionalism of the hard-working Sailors of V-4 division," said Goodwin. "Their dedication to safely performing this vital job is exemplary of the overall outstanding performance of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group team."
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