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Early one morning (not long after the sun had risen), we joined up with some of our US Navy friends to get some fuel off the Australian tanker HMAS SIRIUS (who we last saw in Western Australia back in March). Here is a US Navy Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (bigger than a Frigate!) heading alongside the tanker for some fuel.
While the Destroyer was getting fuel, a US Navy Ticonderoga Class Cruiser (bigger than a Destroyer) was waiting for her turn for some fuel. While she was waiting, she also had some food and stores delivered to her from a US Supply Ship (not in this picture) by helicopter.
We then came alongside SIRIUS’s other side to get some fuel at the same time as the US Navy Destroyer.
Here is a cool picture of the Navigator and an Officer of the Watch keeping the ship in station alongside the tanker while we take on fuel. On the other side of SIRIUS is the US Destroyer.
Behind the Destroyer was the Cruiser, and then another Destroyer, all lined up for fuel!
After the Replenishment we moved out to the side of the Task Group until the rest of our playmates were ready to head off for more training. SIRIUS is on the left, and the other US Supply Ship is on the right.
Later that same day, we had a US Navy MH-60R helicopter from one of the US Destroyers come and land on our flight deck. They kept the rotor blades turning while they waited for one person from the ship to jump onboard.
When a helicopter lands on our flight deck, our team come out and secure it to the flight deck with chains. This is to stop it sliding around the flight deck if the ship turns or rolls heavily. Here is the team waiting to take the chains off again.
The helicopter picked up one person from us, and then five minutes later they took off and headed back to their ship.
Check out the Moon! On this particular night, our RAS started about an hour after the sun had set, and just as the moon was rising!
The process we use at night is exactly the same as the one we use during daytime. We start in the waiting station behind the tanker, and then use lots of speed to manoeuvre up alongside it.
Lines are then passed between the two ships. The initial gun line sent across is soaked in a fluorescent paint beforehand so that it can easily be seen in the dark!
Check out this picture of a team of people keeping the distance line taut. The distance line by day has coloured tags on it every 6 metres, so that we can tell how far apart we are. At night coloured lights are used instead!
Here is a series of photos showing the probe (and fuelling hose) passing down the spanwire.
Down it comes…
…until it locks into the probe housing!
Once connected fuel can be passed across from the tanker until our tanks are full!