USS HUE CITY, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) completed their first replenishment at sea (RAS) of the ship's 2013 deployment with Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) on Feb. 23.
During the RAS, Medgar Evers used the time to practice loading and off loading pallets to Hue City in order to hone its skills, which is essential to both ships' missions. Conducting a successful RAS evolution allows the ship to remain at sea for extended periods of time without having to pull into port to refuel or take on cargo.
"This was the first of many replenishments we will conduct with Medgar Evers, so this just builds our working relationship," said Ensign Corey Schulz, Hue City's 1st Lieutenant. "I was really impressed with everyone today, this being the second half of our deployment and everyone able to jump right back in the saddle and accomplish our mission."
Hue City successfully received more than 152,000 gallons of fuel for the ship and embarked helicopters. The evolution highlighted the crew's proficiency as well as Hue City's ability to work alongside other ships.
A RAS is an all-hands evolution and every Sailor plays an important role. During the evolution, Sailors form a qualified bridge watch team, including a master helmsman responsible for maneuvering the ship at a close but safe distance from the replenishment ship. Other required duties include safety observers, rig captains, riggers, signalmen and phone talkers.
Every department on the ship provides personnel to act as line handlers. Engineering personnel test samples of the oncoming fuel and advise the ship when to secure pumping. Gunner's mates are on station to fire shot lines between the ships. Supply personnel move and secure oncoming supplies within the ship. It is an exercise that truly requires the crew to come together and work as one.
"The reason it was a successful evolution was because everyone was safe and on their toes making it nice and quick," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Daven Arce. "The most important aspect to any evolution is everyone stays motivated to look out for each other and work together as a team, and we have a good team here."
Hue City is on deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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