USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE8) March 1.
During a RAS, the Supply Department plays a crucial role by unloading food and transferring the shipments to shipboard storage areas.
Supply takes special care to ensure Sailors work safely during a RAS. Many different safety checks are put into place to make sure no one is hurt.
"Once we get everybody mustered, we give them a safety brief," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Billy Sevier, one of the cargo chiefs. "The smallest of an injury during a RAS we take seriously because we do not want to endanger any lives."
For supply, one of the most dangerous aspects of the job is elevator operations. In order to combat that danger, qualified elevator operators from engineering, weapons and other various departments around the ship are always standing by.
Sevier said keeping communications open is also a very important part of every evolution. By every elevator, a phone-talker is present to communicate when the elevator is coming up or down and what it is carrying.
Ship's Serviceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Erasmus McDowell said another way optimum safety is ensured during evolutions is through senior petty officers. He said petty officers play an important role in the process by supervising the operations. They have to know what needs to be done and the most effective means of performing the job.
"The senior personnel direct traffic as far as where supplies need to be and make sure the working party stays intact throughout the entire operation. They also make sure everyone is doing what they should be," McDowell said.
RAS can be a grueling operation, but when each individual Sailor puts safety first and works diligently, he can accomplish a lot.
It takes the coordinated effort of all Sailors involved to make each RAS a success, and thankfully Harry S. Truman Sailors always seems to put their best foot first.
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