CM – USS America refuels HMS Defender as the first British warship at sea

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Admiral Samuel Paparo

Rear Admiral Blake Converse

Fleet Master Chief James Tocorzic

From Lt. John Stevens, PHIBRON 11 Public Affairs

Sailors aboard USS America (LHA 6) prepare for refueling at sea with HMS Defender (D36). (US Navy / MC3 Thomas Contant)

PHILIPPINE SEA – USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, conducted bilateral at-sea refueling (FAS) with the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender (D36) while dealing with elements of HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) Carrier Strike Group (CSG-21) in the Philippine Sea, August 20.

This is the first time in history an American amphibious ship has been FAS with a British warship and the third time America has refueled a partner nation at sea this summer.

« The America team really enjoyed having our Royal Navy brothers by their side today, » said Captain Ken Ward, America’s commanding officer. « Today’s deployment with Defender not only increased the time on the station to support our combined missions, but also provided another opportunity to demonstrate our interoperability with our allies and partners as we train and operate in the free and open Indo-Pacific. »

America refueled the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) frigate on July 27 during Talisman Saber 21. A little over a week later, on August 7, America successively refueled Ballarat and the Japanese destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112).

« This groundbreaking marine replenishment in the Indo-Pacific has further demonstrated our flexibility and interoperability with the UK’s key strategic ally and partner, » said Cmdr. Vincent Owen, commanding officer of the defense attorney. “I would like to thank the captain and crew of the USS America for their professionalism in ensuring this unprecedented development was carried out safely and professionally, and I look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group 7 in the coming days. “

America, the flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is serving within the 7th Fleet’s area of ​​responsibility to improve interoperability with allies and partners and as a ready reaction force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

HMS Defender (D36) receives fuel from USS America (LHA 6). (US Navy / MC2 Vincent E. Zline)

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