USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received more than 540,000 gallons of fuel from USNS Artic (T-AOE 8) Nov. 6 while conducting a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) evolution.
Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/Craft Master) Mark Bixby said the RAS is a ship-wide evolution and the seamless integration of many Sailors is paramount to the evolution's success. The engineers make sure the ship runs smoothly, the quartermaster safely navigates the ship and the corpsman stand by to administer first aid if any mishaps occur.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SS/FMF) Jeffrey Lamb said the major safety concerns are lines snapping, something catching on fire or the two ships colliding.
"I'm standing by to make sure nobody gets injured," Lamb said. "If somebody does get injured, then I am the first responder. Any time you're handling lines, there could be some burn injuries; lines have a tendencies to snap back and cause injury. Anything like that is what we look out for."
Seaman (SW) Alex Lavelle, who handled the phone lines between the two ships during the RAS, said there are two official safety observers standing by, but during the RAS safety is everyone's responsibility.
"If anybody sees something wrong, they will let somebody know," Lavelle said. "From the 1st lieutenant to a seaman, everybody has their eyes peeled for safety."
Lavelle added, Operational Risk Management is always implemented during a RAS. To avoid any unnecessary accidents, weather is always taken into consideration and it is very important for any unnecessary personnel to stand clear during the evolution.
"The ship had to maneuver itself because the winds were too strong to bring any lines across, but other then that the RAS went well," Lavelle said.
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