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134.198 Figure 19-22 .-A multiple-product AOE conducting underway replenishment. in  90  seconds.  On  a  normal  UNREP  operation (carrier  to  port,  destroyer  to  starboard),  the  deck force can transfer 300 tons of cargo per hour. The AOE  carries  over  5  million  gallons  of  petroleum products, 1,600 tons of ammunition, and 500 tons of   dry   and   refrigerated   stores   in   addition   to miscellaneous general cargo and mail. Material Support Ships Material   support   ships   include   repair   ships (ARs),  destroyer  tenders  (ADs),  and  submarine tenders   (ASs).   These   ships   provide   repair   and maintenance  functions  that  are  beyond  the  capa- bilities of other ships’ facilities or personnel. They are floating shops with skilled workers representing  a  wide  variety  of  mechanical  and electrical trades. These ships supply parts and the personnel to install them and skilled workers who can repair many delicate optical and navigational instruments. They also provide personnel who can do  underwater  cutting  and  welding,  engine  and hull  repairs,  machine  work,  and  electronic  and electrical   repairs.   These   ships   have   foundries, forges,  and  many  types  of  machine  tools.  They have   instrument   shops,   carpentry   shops,   boat shops,   and   boat-engine   shops.   They   also   have medical and dental facilities. In  wartime  the  function  of  material  support ships  is  to  operate  in  advance  areas  and  restore the  fleet  to  fighting  trim  after  suffering  battle  or other damage. In peacetime their function may be less  apparent,  since  a  shipyard  or  some   other permanent base  could  do  the  work  of  these  ships as efficiently. However, the Navy must maintain a nucleus   of   ships   and   personnel   ready   for   any emergency. SUMMARY The U.S. Navy has hundreds of vessels ranging from small tugboats to huge aircraft carriers. You cannot    be    expected    to    know    all    of    the characteristics of each one, but you should be able to recognize the type of ship you see and have an understanding of its mission. In  this  chapter  you  have  been  introduced  to many of the ship types operated by the Navy. You have also been given some of the characteristics of these  ships,  including  size,  armament,  manning, and   various   other   features.   This   information should  enable  you  to  differentiate  between  the different ship types and characteristics. 19-21

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