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RAS . . . Refuelling at Sea

July 14, 2015

Here are pictures I drew while the crew of the Bulwark were alongside a tanker refuelling at sea (RAS). One shows the part of the operation where a soft nose projectile is fired from the ship across to the tanker to enable a line to be passed from one to the other. Once this has been achieved (it can take a number of attempts – as it did in this case allowing me to capture the scene!) a large pipe can be hoist between the two ships and the refuelling, which takes hours, can commence. The others show the tanker coming alongside and the crew member with one of the most important jobs – holding on to an emergency lifebuoy and watching out for anyone falling in the sea!

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