Now man all Starboard Refueling Stations...

Welcome alongside, USS Neches AO-47, USS Navasota AO-106 and USS CHEMUNG AO-30
(and the others not mentioned)



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Casting Lines..
The Hannah takes on Fuel from USS Neches AO-47 - WestPac '63
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Over the 1MC comes the call to man all Starboard refueling stations.. the USS Neches AO-47 is aligning itself into position along our starboard side, in preparations to receive lines. The Neches is a ship that has served proudly with the fleet since WWII. These were exciting times, as your Yeoman remembers.. Our Oral History site has several entries from former shipmates of the USS Neches who remember these times of refueling along side Hancock. Read with interest, the following Oral histories submitted by Gilbert Devault and Gene Edwards, and re-accounting HM1 Bill Shipley's experience on Hancock during an exciting and very dangerous 'Emergency Breakaway'...taking place in 1975.

These Unreps often kept me on the edge of my seat, as they were not only very exciting but also interesting to watch. Your Yeoman has great respect for those who worked these unreps!
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Sometimes you'd get an extra 'show' when they transferred someone between ships on the breeches buoy.

Sometimes the seas were so heavy, that the poor sailor who was strapped in the chair would get his feet or more wet.. sometimes, he'd go right into the drink, coming up spitting! That was exciting not only for me, but for him, I am sure. I'm sure there were a few onboard we would have liked to see receive that treatment!

Someone obviously had a good sense of humor. Often on smaller ships, one would find a less strict environment.

My buddy Steve told me years ago, that I should have had other sea duty experience on smaller ships, as that's where you find the true camaraderie between men, and even officers. He would know, he was later transferred to a destroyer, and some other smaller ships during his naval career which was, I might add, a lot longer than mine. Steve put in over 20 years with various military services, and later retired from the Air Force Reserve. He also served in the merchant marine. A true salt! But, notwithstanding, I found the camaraderie on Hannah not only extraordinary, but satisfying. We were a tite ship, and the old Navy phrase was true for us, "A Tite ship is a happy ship" - and so we were!

Check this picture out! Another refueling, this time, from the USS Navasota AO-106. Another fine ship which served long and hard at Yankee Station and Dixie Stations. This picture brings back the excitement of underway refueling!



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Refueling underway USS Navasota AO-106
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Refueling underway USS Navasota AO-106
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Refueling underway USS Chemung AO-30 - taken around July 1967 on Hancock's 3rd Vietnam WestPac Cruise
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Picture was taken by Mike Postolan of OP Division and courtesy of the Mike Postolan Feature Gallery
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Underway Replenishment with perhaps USS Chemung (AO-30) but not sure of this
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Visit these Off-Site Ship Sites by our Friends

Visit an Off-Site Photo Gallery of a HANCOCK Underway Refueling
by the USS Kawishiwi AO 146

The USS Kawishiwi AO146 Memorial

USS Navasota AO-106
From NavSource.org.
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USS Chemung AO-30
From NavSource.org.
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Home Page of the NEOSHO Class Oiler

USS Neches AO-47 - a Proud ship, a Proud History
From NavSource.org.
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