US Navy conducts first at-sea power module replenishment

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Unread post02 Mar 2021, 05:31

Y'know... the Brits are pretty crafty. As long as they have a wet bar on the QE class... I'm sure enough Jarheads will figure out how to make excuses to do deployments to their British counterparts. And I wouldn't be surprised if some enterprising CMV-22B crews figure out how to tag along...

The REAL questions is whether this causes enough jealousy amongst the blue water USN nasal radiators... that they acquire Bee models for the big decks, so they can tag along and not get left out of the festivities.
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Unread post02 Mar 2021, 08:02

steve2267 wrote:Y'know... the Brits are pretty crafty. As long as they have a wet bar on the QE class... I'm sure enough Jarheads will figure out how to make excuses to do deployments to their British counterparts. And I wouldn't be surprised if some enterprising CMV-22B crews figure out how to tag along...

The REAL questions is whether this causes enough jealousy amongst the blue water USN nasal radiators... that they acquire Bee models for the big decks, so they can tag along and not get left out of the festivities.



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Unread post03 Mar 2021, 09:03

Low Rez Photo - I'll look on DVIDS now.... https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o2FIZA3rqz0/ ... AUwgga.jpg
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Unread post03 Mar 2021, 12:18

Another view, but only found the low resolution image.
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Unread post14 Mar 2021, 07:19

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Unread post16 Mar 2021, 16:52

Wacky way. :shock: wow
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First At-Sea Aircraft Carrier F135 Engine Power Module Proof-of-Concept Vertical Replenishment
15 March 2021 From Seaman Jeffrey Kempton, USS Carl Vinson
PACIFIC OCEAN – The Navy took another critical step forward in the future of the F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter on March 6.
The Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducted a vertical replenishment at sea, simulating the ability to transfer an F135 jet engine from a supply ship on board the aircraft carrier using helicopters.
During the event, two helicopters transported a load simulator, measured to match the weight of an F135 engine power module, from the dry-cargo ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to Vinson’s flight deck. This was significant because it provided proof-of-concept that the Navy’s deployed aircraft carriers will be able to receive critical parts to successfully maintain the F-35C at sea.
    “This exercise confirms the Navy’s ability to maintain maritime operations in a new generation of jet fighter aircraft,” said Capt. P. Scott Miller, Vinson’s commanding officer.
“What we’ve accomplished here ensures that our fleet will be capable of utilizing the latest in cutting-edge, warfighting technology in future joint strike fighter deployments. With every success, we improve our readiness and maintain our capability to defend our nation and allies against any adversary.”
In a vertical replenishment, aircraft use underbelly slings to transport loads from Military Sealift Command (MSC) replenishment ships to Navy vessels. In this evolution, a EurocopterAS332 Super Puma from Byrd and a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 tested their ability to vertically transport the simulated weight of the engine.

“Being able to deliver the F135 module is one more thing the T-AKE platform can handily accomplish to support the fleet,” said Capt. Lee Apsley, Byrd’s civil service master. “This operation is another MSC first on Byrd. As always it was a pleasure to work with Carl Vinson and the Marines.”
Capable of embarking both the F-35C and the CMV-22B Osprey, Vinson is the first aircraft carrier equipped to support fifth-generation aircraft. The vertical replenishment exercise follows more than six months of successful integrated operations between the carrier and air wing in support of the unique maintenance and tactical operations functions of the advanced aircraft.

“We have been planning, preparing, and training for this event for months,” said Cmdr. Melissia Williams, Vinson’s supply officer. “That careful planning paid off today and I’m proud of how our teams came together for a safe and successful evolution.”
In February, another replenishment exercise was conducted by Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 and members of Carrier Air Wing Two using the new CMV-22B Osprey to deliver an F135 from a shore-based location to Vinson.

“Using the Osprey, and now a vertical replenishment from a supply ship, ensures we are prepared to quickly and easily deliver these parts to our ships in the fleet, giving us one more tool in our tool box in support of a high operations tempo,” said Cmdr. William Gray, Vinson’s maintenance officer. “Today’s success provides an additional option when replenishing parts to maintain the F-35C Lightning II while underway.”
The F135 is the basis for the single engine of the F-35C Lightning II, the only single-engine fixed-wing jet on board Vinson, and the latest aircraft in the Joint Strike Fighter group.
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210306-N-GW654-1421 PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 6, 2021) A civilian AS332 Super Puma, front, and a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion conduct the first a vertical replenishment-at-sea of an F-135 engine power module load simulator from the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The exercise uses mock weight measured to the same capacity as the F135 engine power module to verify the capability of supplying the parts necessary to support future joint strike fighter deployments. Vinson is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting routine maritime operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Olympia O. McCoy/Released)

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A CH-53 Sea Stallion transports a mock F135 engine power module from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) to USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Caden Richmond)

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Sailors direct a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea (VERTREP). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Caden Richmond)

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A civilian AS332 Super Puma transports a mock F135 engine power module from USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Mason Congleton)
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Unread post06 May 2021, 01:13

This PPT now PDF will have been referenced earlier however I came across it again so perhaps relevant four pages posted.

FUTURE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT JSF and UAS [2009] CNAF N422 - CDR Ed Lucas & CDR Greg Munning

http://www.sdsca.org/recent_events/2009 ... _brief.ppt
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