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The Weird Technology US Navy Uses to Refuel Billion $ Aircraft Carriers at Sea

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Welcome back to the our channel. In this episode, we will explore the incredibly difficult process of replenishing and resupplying US Navy ships while at sea. Fuel for aircraft and many other things can be supplied this way. This is not a weird technology. It has been used for over 200 years on sailing ships. In the old days of wooden ships, it was used to transfer a chair from ship to ship. This is how the captains would go from one ship to other. This reminds me of my 30yrs working with the military Sealift Command. We do that almost every day. I was doing signal in underway replenishment. But nothing says fun like refueling in the middle of the night every 3 days on the carrier I was on and then going on watch right after that. About the only time we did it in broad daylight was when we were doing the vertrep and unrep evolutions. The reason they gave us for refueling at night was so that our Russian trawler buddies could see what we were doing. The United states navy started perfecting under way replenishments during WW2. Even though nuclear powered aircraft carriers can steam nonstop for 25 years, they still need large amounts of jet fuel, avgas, ordinance, food, water and take out the trash. I can imagine that the officers of the deck on watch on both ships are extremely alert, well trained and on.

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