PHILLIPINE SEA - The forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) Oct. 3 with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9).
The ship received more than 160,000
gallons of diesel fuel marine and 25 pallets of supplies during the
ship's first RAS ever with the Matthew Perry and Denver’s first in
more than eight months.
“Today’s evolution went very well,” Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class
(SW/AW) Elvis M. Acosta. “It’s been a long time since our last RAS
so the training and safety briefs we conducted beforehand really
paid off for us.”
The design of the Matthew Perry allowed it to refuel and resupply
Denver and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)
simultaneously by way of connected and vertical replenishment.
“A lot of Sailors and Marines worked together to get all of our
supplies onboard today,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW)
Gilbert A. Raquino. “The weather delayed our progress, but once we
got going everything was done quickly and safely.”
Conducting RAS allows ships to continue their missions indefinitely
without pulling into port.
“Many of the Marines that assisted us with the fuel transfer had
never participated in this type of evolution,” said Acosta. “Despite
the challenges, everybody stepped up, did their job and worked
together to make this RAS a success.”