GEORGE H.W. BUSH (At Sea) (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) conducted an ordnance offload with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) April 24-25 in preparation for a planned incremental availability (PIA).
As ammunition cannot be taken to the yards, it was offloaded to USNS William McLean while in the Atlantic Ocean.
"Preparation for an ammo offload starts at the stop of combat operations," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Daniel Leubert, assigned to the weapons department on board George H.W. Bush. "Months and months of work go in to preparing for an ammo offload. Every piece of ordnance we have was looked at to verify its condition, determine its final destination and properly label it."
The turnover was conducted by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, "Tridents," George H.W. Bush's embarked helicopter squadron.
"You can't take ammo into the yards," said Lt. Cmdr. David Moore, ordnance handling officer on board George H.W. Bush. "So we offloaded our ordnance to McLean. It was a big evolution because we had a significant amount of ammo. Now that we're heading into the yards, we have to give the weapons to the ships that are going into the fight."
George H.W. Bush is currently underway conducting training exercises and an ammunition offload in the Atlantic Ocean.
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