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I possibly didn't pose my question clearly-in the case of a fleet oiler, what is the SOP when it runs low on replenishing fuel? Is there another fleet oiler coming from port to replace the original oiler? or does a fleet oiler replenish a fleet oiler at sea? Thanks

 

Sorry, I misinterpreted your question. When a fleet oiler ran low on product, or even to top off, we underwent a consolidation with a smaller, slower pumping oiler, usually at night. We were a fast pumper, so we could get the product to other ships as fast as possible. Obviously, when you are unrepping on a fixed course and speed, it doesn't take much to figure out where you and the others would be at a certain time, so, the faster, the better. While consolidating with a smaller oiler, we usually would be taking on product while underway all night long, then, making a rendezvous with ships during the day to offload product. We did not return to port to top off when we got low. Usually out on the line (Yankee Station at the DMZ) for 30 days at a time, we then would steam back to Subic Bay for a few days rest, leaving Subic topped off. Thanks, Al.

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Thanks for the great information. I'm sure a fleet oiler (along with other supply ships) don't get their fair share of recognition. Perhaps with the link Ian posted more folks can see how important the auxiliaries actually are.

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Salvage Sailor

Yep,

 

I shot the Destroyer line waiting for fuel while escorting a carrier group.

 

The carrier would refuel now and again, we had to do this every other day, rain or shine.

 

 

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Receiving end of the donkey di......uh, refueling probe.

 

I shot this one looking down at the navigator and QM on the bridge wing while I shot bearings from above.

 

Refueling Probe.jpg

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  • 7 years later...
Salvage Sailor

CAVU Ian, flying high today

 

Ian Phillips, 1953-2021

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