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Nimitz Completes At-Sea Ammo Onload

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) conducted its first at-sea ammunition onload in more than two years, Oct. 23-24 during an underway replenishment (UNREP) with the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8).

Nimitz Sailors moved a total of 1,542 pallets during the 48-hour ordnance-handling evolution in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 24, 2016) - A Sailor assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 during an at-sea ammunition onload with the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). Nimitz is underway conducting an ordnance-handling evolution in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Weston A. Mohr/Released)

A Sailor assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk from HSC-8 during an at-sea ammunition onload with the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). Photo by SN Weston Mohr

Deck Department worked tirelessly to safely transfer ordnance from Wally Schirra to Nimitz. Deck Sailors received pallets of ordnance via connected replenishment between the two ships.

“It’s been a great effort considering most of Deck Department is new,” said Seaman James Garvey, a Deck seaman on board Nimitz. “We’ve been staying strong and tenacious and have been good about rotating people in and out so they can get their qualifications.”

While Deck Sailors received the pallets, Weapons Department worked above and below decks to ensure ordnance was safely transferred, organized and stowed in the ship’s magazines.

“It’s truly been a flawless effort,” said Lt. Mike Dasch, the Ordnance Handling Officer on board Nimitz. “It’s ordnance, it’s what we do, and we do it well. I couldn’t be more proud of my Sailors.”

With the help of Sailors from Nimitz’ Air Department, MH-60S Sea Hawks from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 transferred ordnance, via vertical replenishment, from Wally Schirra to Nimitz.

The onload was an all hands effort, and the success of the evolution was a result of all Sailors on Nimitz working together as a cohesive unit. Every department, from Navigation to Supply, played an important role in accomplishing the evolution safely and efficiently.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 24, 2016) - An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 transfers ordnance onto the flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during an at-sea ammunition onload with the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). Nimitz is underway conducting an ordnance-handling evolution in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Weston A. Mohr/Released)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk from HSC-8 transfers ordnance onto Nimitz’ flight deck. Photo by SN Weston Mohr

“The guys in Deck Department who haven’t done an UNREP in about two years, all the Weapons Department Sailors below decks moving things around and keeping it organized, and the rest of the crew that had a part in this. They all did an amazing job,” said Capt. John Ring, commanding officer of Nimitz.

The safety of all Sailors involved was a high priority during the evolution. Officers, chiefs and petty officers maintained vigilance over their junior Sailors to ensure proper procedures and risk management were used.

Sailors from Safety Department were also on stand-by to ensure all safety precautions were followed.

Nimitz completed the onload two days earlier than expected and used the extra time to perform additional practice approaches with Wally Schirra to further train and qualify Nimitz Sailors.

“The Nimitz team came together and really accomplished some amazing things,” said Ring. “It was definitely a big win for Nimitz.”

Nimitz recently completed a 20-month extended planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

In the coming months Nimitz will undergo a series of inspections and multi-ship exercises as part of a work up cycle that will test the ship’s proficiency and capabilities in preparation for her upcoming 2017 deployment.

logosmallStory from USS Nimitz Public Affairs

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