Truman Conducts Final RAS of COMPTUEX

Story Number: NNS090703-10Release Date: 7/3/2009 5:58:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) David Wyscaver, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) underwent replenishment at sea (RAS) with USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) during her current underway for composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) June 27.

The evolution gave Truman and her crew a chance to stock up on necessities such as fuel, food and other essentials to continue its mission underway.

"We had approximately 150 pallets come on board from the RAS including food and beverages," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Kathy Gomez, S-2 (food supply) leading petty officer. "It's important because it provides a variety of supplies for the crew and boosts morale with the items we bring on board."

RAS is a crucial part of a ship's mission. Without the essentials provided through these evolutions, Sailors and Marines wouldn't be able to complete daily tasks that are critical in preparing Truman for her upcoming deployment.

A lot of different aspects go into preparing for a RAS to ensure those involved are ready to successfully complete the evolution.

"Safety training, making sure we have the working parties setup, inventory checks and ensuring we use the items from the previous RAS first are just a few things we need to do in order to prepare," said Gomez.

A RAS is beneficial to the whole crew and allows individuals from different departments to interact with one another to successfully complete the task at hand. These underway replenishments involve a high number of supplies and a large amount of time to complete.

Many different aspects occur during a RAS, and it is extremely important Sailors take the time out to complete their tasks both safely and effectively.

This will be the last RAS for Truman during COMPTUEX, although, there are still many critical evolutions ahead for the crew in the coming days. These critical mission readiness evolutions will continue to play a part in the Truman's future.

COMPTUEX is one of the major underway periods for the Truman Strike Group which is preparing for its upcoming deployment later this year. The group is concentrating on enhancing interoperability in support of maritime security operations around the world.

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