USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted a connected replenishment (CONREP) with USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), Feb. 23.
The cruiser, deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), received more than 10,000 gallons of fuel and more than 1,200 pounds of food, repair parts and mail from Drew via hoses and wires during the four-hour evolution.
Cape St. George received 54 pallets of food, supplies and ammunition in order to restock inventory. They received 14 pallets of freezer stores, six pallets of fresh fruits and vegetables, 10 pallets of dry stores, two pallets of ammunition, seven pallets of mail and 15 pallets of parts.
CONREPs occur every other week in order to keep Cape St. George sustained, however a 54-pallet transfer is bigger than the usual 20-30 pallet transfer.
"Connected replenishments are always a nice change of pace. A working party helps carry the stores down to the reefers," said Lt. j.g. Rebecca Jackman, the food service officer aboard Cape St. George.
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Pheara Dy places food orders using the guidance of a 14-day cycling menu. It is a careful balance to make sure the right amount of food is ordered. On occasion, the ship gets different fruit indigenous to the area they are in.
"As we passed Hawaii, mangos were a special treat; in Thailand, we looked forward to dragon fruit; and now in the Middle East, we enjoy yogurt," said Dy. "But we definitely look forward to receiving mail the most."
ALCSG is made up of Cape St. George, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing 2, and Destroyer Squadron 9, with guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) deployed.
ALCSG is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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