the transferring ship, pick up the next loaded net, and
Material received by helicopter during
VERTREP must be moved into the elevator quickly,
keeping the drop zone clear. When the elevator is full
or maximum weight load is attained, it is lowered to the
hangar deck, cleared of stores, and promptly raised to
the flight deck for the next load.
The SORTING STATIONS are located where the
material is separated by type and storage destination.
These stations maybe located at any point, depending
on local conditions. he main consideration in
assigning locations for sorting stations is that they are
located outside of the main passage for moving material
from one station to another.
Some ships are designed so that storerooms for
provisions are accessible from the messdeck. On these
ships, provisions may be moved to the messdeck area
before sorting. When the storerooms are located in
other parts of the ship, sorting must be done on the
The STRIKE STATIONS are located at the access
hatches where the material is moved below decks.
Included in this group are the ammunition elevators,
hatches where pallets are lowered by electric hoists, and
hatches where material is passed down by hand or by
sliding on a board, metal chutes, or belts.
This group is critically important. Access hatches
must remain open until the stores are struck below. A
ship is always in danger when it is unable to seal off all
compartments within a few minutes.
PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS. The num-
ber of personnel required for an UNREP depends on the
number of stations to be used, the type and amount of
stores to be received, and the equipment available that
serves to reduce manual labor.
Normally, the ship has local instructions that list the
number of personnel and the type of equipment required
at each station. This instruction should be reviewed by
all senior supervisors before each UNREP. When it
appears the instruction is inadequate or incorrect, the
planning group should not hesitate to recommend
changes based on careful analysis of each provision of
A replenishment plan, published before each
UNREP operation, should assign units to each station
and list the deck and frame numbers where the
personnel should report.
Petty Officers. Petty officers from other
departments furnishing personnel for working parties
are the backbone of any good replenishment. These
petty officers are assigned as supervisors and orders
should be issued through them for their assigned
personnel. Supervisory petty officers should be
assigned at a ratio of 1 for each 10 people in the working
party. These 10 people are under the petty officers
control as a team at all times and the petty officer is
responsible for seeing that they remain on station until
Working Party. The number of personnel
required for working parties depends on the number of
stations that will be used and should be considered
separately, taking into account the type of stores to be
handled at that station and the equipment to be used.
Heavy and hard to handle materials that must be moved
rapid] y will require frequent relief of personnel to rest.
Personnel relief should also be provided for any team
or teams that are to be on station for an unusually long
time. Proper rotation of personnel to accomplish this
task will facilitate its completion and prevent accidents.
When material is to be removed from the receiving
stations by towing the loaded cargo nets to the sorting
stations, one team should be assigned to each receiving
station to pick up items that spill from the nets.
However, most of the cargo being received are
palletized, which makes handling easier.
BRIEFING TEAM LEADERS. Shortly before
the UNREP, the supply officer (or a designated officer
in charge) usually calls for a meeting with all petty
officers assigned as team leaders. During this meeting,
the supply officer (or designated officer) briefs the petty
officers on what is expected from each team, the
materials they will handle, and approximately how long
they are to be on station. Safety is also discussed in
detail during the meeting. Team leaders are also made
aware of expected receipts of hazardous material and
what part their unit will be expected to participate in.
Any peculiarities of the equipment involved are
explained to the team leaders. They are informed of
where and when to pickup and return all equipment that
will be required for the UNREP.
DEBRIEFING TEAM LEADERS. After the
UNREP is completed, all supervisors and team leaders
should meet to debrief the supply officer of any
problems encountered during the operation.
Recommendations should be submitted for corrections
of procedures that did not go well during the UNREP
so they will not be repeated in future operations. Any
outstanding accomplishments and jobs well done
should also be noted at this debriefing.