Fort McHenry Conducts Refueling with German Supply Ship


Story Number: NNS190614-08Release Date: 6/14/2019 2:42:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Christopher Roys, USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs

BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the German Navy Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A 1411), in the Baltic Sea as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 13.

Fort McHenry took on approximately 250,000 gallons of F-76 fuel from Berlin, in an evolution designed to increase the interoperability of the ships involved.

During a RAS, the two ships are connected by a fuel line and restricted in their ability to maneuver. This is a common method of transferring fuel and other supplies in order to maximize a ship’s ability to stay underway. 

“Being connected to another ship is always a dangerous evolution,” said Cmdr. Michael Fabrizio, executive officer of Fort McHenry. “We have executed many successful refuelings, but this one was different since Fort McHenry has never previously replenished with Berlin. The professionalism displayed by both crews was exceptional.”

Fort McHenry and Berlin are currently underway operating in support of BALTOPS, which is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability among the 18 participating allied and partner nations.

 
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Sailors observe as the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) receives fuel from the German navy Type 702  replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A 1411.
190613-N-AT530-1255 BALTIC SEA (June 13, 2019) Sailors observe as the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) receives fuel from the German navy Type 702 replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A 1411) during a replenishment-at-sea as part of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
June 14, 2019
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