USS UNDERWOOD, At Sea (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) completed the final replenishment-at-sea (RAS) the ship will conduct, Oct. 20.
Underwood is deployed in support of Southern Seas 2012, and is scheduled to decommission in March 2013.
"Today we did our final RAS of Underwood's life," said Master Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Donald McColl, Underwood's maintenance material manager. "We brought on fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and bread, and things like that to get us home, and we are also bringing on our final load of fuel. To me this is a big deal because I've been on this ship for five years. I have seen many replenishments-at-sea and this will be the last one for this ship."
Saturday's RAS included a vertical replenishment using an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48, a connected replenishment with Underwood taking on fuel from USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). Underwood received 10 pallets of supplies and took on 88,248 gallons of F-76 fuel from Guadalupe.
Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet's mission, Southern Seas 2012.
COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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