The approach ship when on station and ready to
make an approach on the control ship hoists ROMEO
at the dip on the rigged side and closes up ROMEO
when starting its approach.
The control and approach ships will display the
dayshape signal for restricted movement
(BALL-DIAMOND-BALL) when the approach ship
closes up ROMEO. The dayshapes will be hoisted on
the unrigged side or centerline and hoisted from 30
minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
ROMEO is hauled down by both ships when the
messenger is in hand.
BRAVO is closed up by both ships where best seen
to indicate the transfer of fuel or explosives. BRAVO
may be brought to the dip during the transfer to
indicate a temporary interruption.
PREP is hoisted to the dip by the receiving ship to
indicate that disengagement is expected in 15 minutes.
PREP is closed up to indicate completion of
replenishment and disengaging at final station. PREP
is hauled down when all lines are clear.
DAYSHAPES are hauled down when each ship is
clear and free to maneuver in an unrestricted manner.
Emergency Breakaway Procedures
Emergency breakaway can be initiated by either
the delivery or the receiving ship. The initiated ship
will hoist the emergency breakaway signal
(EMERGENCY SIX). This signal is answered by all
ships engaged in the emergency breakaway. Along
with the flaghoist signal, the initiating ship will sound
six short blasts on the ships whistle.
Emergency signals will be passed to ships in
waiting and to screen commanders.
Nighttime UNREP procedures require special
equipment. The equipment is as follows:
Signal lights fitted with screening hoods with a
red filter and a 3-inch reducing diaphragm
Flashlights and wands
Adequate supply of power sources
The position of ROMEO is passed between the
control and approach units. This is usually done by
flashing light or voice radio.
PREP is passed to the control vessel, ships in
waiting station, and screen commanders. Either visual
or voice communication can be used, depending upon
the OOD's preference.
Make sure when you are using flashing light not
to train the light on the conning stations. This could
blind the OOD. The use of the yardarm blinkers must
The control ship and the approach ship will
display the nighttime signal for restricted movement
(special-task lights, RED over WHITE over RED) in
the same manner as for the dayshapes.
Transfer-station markers are displayed to indicate
the type of commodity that is being transferred at that
station. Commodity being transferred by day (fig.
8-7) is indicated by a 3-foot-square piece of bunting,
metal, or painted area. By night a light box (fig. 8-8)
that has nine holes, each fitted with a red lens, is used.
Distance markers on the bridge-to-bridge distance
line are arranged as shown in figure 8-9. The distance
line markers are used to let appropriate personnel
know the distance between the approach ship and
receiving ship when alongside. The daytime and
nighttime use of distance markers are described in the
These markers are colored cloth, nylon-coated
fabric, or painted-canvas; each is 8 inches by 10
inches; they are spaced at 20-foot intervals, from 0 to
300 feet. The markers are color coded beginning with
green, followed by red for 20 feet, yellow for 40 feet,
blue for 60 feet, and white for 80 feet. The cycle then
repeats itself, green for 100 feet, red for 120 feet, and
At nighttime, two blue chemical lights are used,
one on each side of the 60-, 100-, 140-, and 180-foot