Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow
SOUTH CHINA SEA – Guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) successfully completed a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and replenishment at sea (RAS) with Military Sealift fleet replenishment dry cargo ship, Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6), Oct. 6.
It was a complete team effort during the day’s operations as Mustin Sailors simultaneously manned the ship’s fueling station and flight deck, receiving 180,000 gallons of fuel and 14 pallets of mission essential goods.
“I think the entire team did an outstanding job today”, said Mustin 1st Lieutenant, Ensign Craig Moore. “The ability to receive fuel, food and parts at sea is a critical enabler to the Navy’s unique expeditionary flexibility. Performing these operations provides us with the ability to maintain mission readiness while at sea.”
One of the most important components of a successful RAS is safety. Moore said that maneuvering two Navy ships at a strategic distance and speed while transferring supplies over open waters is no easy task, and requires proper execution by all involved.
“Safety is not only important during a RAS, it is apart of everyday life on Mustin,” he said. “Every Sailor onboard knows that he or she has a responsibility to operate safely and look out for another. During the RAS today you could see that mindset in everyone who took part. If you are working safe, you’re working smart.”
Chief Logistics Specialist (SW/AW) Barry Ventura stressed the importance of working together as a team during a VERTREP.
“There are a lot of moving parts during a VERTREP and it is critical that everyone stays on task on the flight deck and today we did just that,” he said. “I am very proud of the work Sailors did out there today. When working on the flight deck during the VERTREP communication is key. Today our Sailor’s experience combined with their motivation and teamwork made the evolution run smoothly.”
Mustin, commanded by Cmdr. Joseph Ring, is one of seven guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 15) and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. Mustin is currently conducting a routine Western Pacific patrol in support of regional security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific region.