Fleet Oilers - AO

Description: Fleet oilers furnish ordnance, fuel and petroleum products to the fleet at sea during underway replenishments.

Names: Fleet oilers are named for Rivers with Indian names

Features: Fleet oilers operate as a unit of an underway replenishment group, replenishing petroleum products and ordnance to the fleet at sea during underway replenishments (UNREPS). The oilers transport bulk petroleum and lubricants from depots to the ships of the battle group. The number of Navy-manned fleet oilers has decreased as more and more Military Sealift Command ships, manned by a civilian crew and commanded by a civilian master, have assumed responsibilities for supplying deployed ships.

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