Overall control and coordination are vested
in the executive officer. The executive officer
usually holds a meeting of department heads, at
which time the responsibilities of each are out-
lined. The detailed planning and the day-to-day
coordination with other departments are then nor-
mally turned over to the supply officer. There-
after, the executive officer is kept informed of
progress in planning and takes an active part only
if difficulties arise that cannot be handled at the
lower level. During the replenishment the ex-
ecutive officer remains on the bridge, and the
supply officer is in charge of the movement of
stores once they are received.
While several departments other than supply
are actually concerned with replenishment, only
weapons and air departments visibly take part.
These departments are discussed separately.
Operations is responsible for mail being trans-
ferred and for transfer of personnel when re-
quired. Engineering personnel man elevator
pumprooms, grant permission to open hatches as
required, transfer movies, and make sure sound-
powered telephones are available and working.
The aircraft intermediate maintenance department
is responsible for maintaining forklifts and other
materials-handling equipment. Although they
have additional duties when transfer of fuel or
gasoline is involved, these operations are not a
direct concern of the SK.
The weapons department normally has a
representative attend at least one of the later
planning conferences discussing replenishment.
This department is responsible for physically
loading the material on board the receiving ship
(except during vertical replenishment), for enforc-
ing all safety precautions at replenishment sta-
tions, and for making sure all nets, slings, pallets,
and other handling material belonging to the
delivering ship are returned. If weapons depart-
ment elevators are used in striking stores below,
weapons department personnel operate them. The
weapons department representative is primarily
concerned with the number of tons to be received
and the rate at which the material comes aboard.
The air department representative to the
planning conference is mainly interested in the
amount of clear deck space required and the
elevators that must be manned. During vertical
replenishment operations, air department person-
nel also provide direction to the helicopter in
spotting each net load.
Replenishment procedures encompass several
areas that require a senior SKs knowledge and
attention. These areas of required knowledge in-
clude the different stations used during replenish-
ment, the personnel required, the equipment to
be used, and the actual procedures used for the
receiving, strikedown, and transfer of account-
A replenishment station is any location where
some significant action is taken on the stores
being received. The station can be divided into
three general groupsreceiving, sorting, and
striking. Stations within a group cover the same
function regardless of location.
Figure 7-1 shows the location of replenishment
stations on a typical large carrier. Receiving sta-
tions No. 1 and No. 2 are on elevators No. 1 and
No. 3 respectively; the elevators being at hangar
deck level. The third receiving station, normally
used during vertical replenishment operations, is
on or in the vicinity of the No. 2 elevator. Your
newer aircraft carriers will have four elevators.
Sorting stations are close to the receiving sta-
tions where net loads may be towed by tractor or
delivered on roller conveyors. At this point, stores
are sorted and palletized on the basis of strike area
(station). Figure 7-1 shows major strike areas
where mechanical equipment is available; how-
ever, strike areas are located anywhere in close
proximity of the ultimate storage area of signifi-
cant amounts of materials.
RECEIVING STATIONS. The first group
includes all the receiving stations, the sites where
the material first lands when it is received on
board. Most receiving stations are located on the
hangar deck. Ship designs vary, even within a
class, with consequent variations in number and
locations of receiving stations.
Elevators No. 1 and No. 3 remain lowered to
hangar deck level; helicopter receipts are received
on elevator No. 2 at flight deck level. The use of
elevators as receiving stations is advantageous in
that adequate space is available for handling
Material is under the control of the weapons
department (air department in the case of vertical