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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 22, 1983, Tokyo, Japan September 1983 Philippines Pacific stars and stripes 7 floating store supplies 7th Fleet by jo1 Glenn Jochum Navy aboard the combat stores ship san Jose theres a delivery Man in the 7th Fleet who Doest work for Hes the Sailor aboard a combat stores such As the san the navys answer to a floating it All begins in when the Supply ship takes on the amount of stores to be brought aboard on any Given Day can on a Light Day for More than cases of soft drinks will be loaded on the decks via this amount is usually handled by 25 or 30 shipboard for major unloads in the Navy often welcomes the help of stevedores from the Host in port at Subic 60 stevedores representing a Manila company aug ment 60 san Jose on the main deck of the forklifts Man Euver in close removing the pallets As they arrive on the weather deck and shuttling them to stations where they will eventually be moved to one of five cargo holds below a Large percentage of san Joses Crew is qualified to operate the a vehicle As essential to a Supply ship As Jet aircraft Are to the Mission of an aircraft operating a forklift is no easy said chief Petty officer Anthony a it requires an unusual skill that Doest necessarily Transfer from the Highway to the deck of a there is a lot of Stop and and its wheels turn on the Back not the an operator who accidentally brushes a pallet hard enough to spill a few cases on the deck May find himself replaced by another forklift is the Means by which pallets get from one part of a deck to elevators move them from one deck to the largest such device is an elevator capable of carrying up to 16 tons of supplies eight pallets per the holds Are arranged according to the nature of the cargo they hold for contains Small repair parts and office hold two stores Bulky like typing paper and Large repair other holds House Frozen or chilled there is even a storeroom for hazardous everything stored on the san Jose is maintained on a Stock record which must be consulted by storekeepers following the stocks arrival on the records Are matched by a three Way according to master chief Petty officer a Crew member called a cargo counter visually counts the pallets As they Are hoisted aboard by these figures Are checked against the warehouse receipt and the figures held by the ships what a Supply ship needs to take to sea is determined ahead of time by the Fleet who knows the approximate number of ships that j01 Glenn Jochum Navy swing handlers unfasten a Supply pallet to be for lifted out of the staging will need based on these the data processors aboard the san Jose can itemize the number and Type of goods to be David the san Joses Stock control listed three factors that govern the amount of cargo a combat stores ship must they Are what the san Jose what other ships will require and what amounts to extra you take items like rags or toilet Nichols most ships dont ask for but without them there in regardless of who there All supplies Are stored by after the fleets needs Are the extra insurance can be sold to foreign ships or even countries where 7th Fleet ships May american embassies Are usually glad to see Nichols what they want is Small in Quantity to us a Case of this or Case of All they do is make out a Check to the by the most valuable task the san Jose performs is underway where she transfers provisions to one or More ships while in her two ch46 sea Knight helicopters Aid her in vertical replenishment while a 40man dec Force team handles conventional replenishment in this provi Sions Are transferred from one ship to another via a Winch driven trolley suspended on a if need the san Jose can co rep two ships one on either Side and simultaneously Vert rep other ships with her pair of an aircraft Carrier will flank the port Side the carriers Island Structure makes this and smaller ships will station them selves to imagine the entire perimeter of the flight deck lined with two High and helps picking them one pallet at a Ferris i genuinely Marvel at the interchange of winches and its a mass of whats it occurs while steaming at 12 to 15 it is also a Marvel in terms of physical replenishment often begin in the evening and can last until the men May be tired and but at nine Oclock there up and doing it All Over Ferris that How we get our we dont have a lot of gunshots and air plane underway replenishment is our Seaman Jeff a recent graduate of forklift Driver pinpointed a less tangible but equally compelling reason for the sore Muscles and late he our presence enables a ship to stay on station that much combat stores ship san Jose carries supplies to 7th Fleet us

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