by ENS Karalin L. Krenisky
The Women of USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) took charge during the ship’s last Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with the USNS Rainier. The line up included:
OOD: Ensign Jessica Warner
JOOD: Ensign Karalin Krenisky
CONN: Ensign Natalie Woodward
LTJG Theresa Vagnoni
QMC Betty Moreno
IS1 Chanel Sherman
QMOW: QM2 Rose Weiss
EOOW: Lieutenant Christine Bassitt
EPC: EMC Strainbernaal
Sounding & Security: DC2 Selah Maddocks
Phone Talker: EN2 Breannah Smith
Line Gunners: GM1 Brandi Hilliman
GM2 Issica Sewell
Mobile Bay took on over 200,000 gallons of gasoline in support of current operations. Underway replenishment (UNREP) is an all hands evolution that requires sharpness and attention to detail. From line handler to Officer of the Deck, the keenest eyes and minds need to be focused on safe conduct of the evolution – from shiphandling to linehandling there are numerous perils ever present that require the best seamanship. Despite rougher seas and heavy winds, the event was executed seamlessly by a professional team that just happened to be the first “all female” watch team in the ships collective memory. The overall ship-wide UNREP watch standers include many male and female sailors from all departments of the ship in engineering spaces and refueling stations. It is a true “all hands” evolution
On this day it was a unique experience to have the bridge watch team, with the exception of the helmsman, made up of all female watchstanders.
From a broader perspective there was nothing unusual about this replenishment at all – the individuals involved stand the same watch positions routinely mixed in with the rest of the crew qualified in the same roles – it only took a few tweaks to adjust the watchbill for this unique event. USS Mobile Bay conducts UNREP’s routinely in order to stay mission ready and conduct operations at-sea for extended periods.
This is only one of many of these evolutions that the ship will conduct on its current deployment .