By MC2 Andrea Rumple
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) conducted a scheduled replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), April 9, 2021.
“My team did a fantastic job executing the second RAS of Patrol 2,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “We are thankful for the opportunity to remain at sea and conduct Sixth Fleet maritime operations.”
Roosevelt took on 250,000 gallons of F-76 fuel, 4,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel for the embarked MH-60R helicopters, and 26 pallets of food stores during the RAS. Without the needed fuel and stores, the ship would not be able to stay at sea where it is needed.
“Underway replenishments are in keeping with the Navy’s adage of ‘Forged by the Sea’,” said Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Christian Coleman, a Sailor assigned to Roosevelt. “They provide Sailors needed assets that make the mission accomplishable.”
Roosevelt is one of four U.S. Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture. These FDNF-E ships have the flexibility to operate throughout the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime domain.
U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.