US fleet supplier USNS Supply visits the naval port of Kiel in mid-June 2021. With the Supply, one of the largest combat support ships in the US Navy had now moored at the Kiel naval base.
The 230 meter long and 32 meter wide US fleet supplier USNS Supply moored at the Kiel naval base from Saturday to Monday and loaded provisions for the US troops who are currently in the Baltic Sea as part of the NATO maneuver BALTOPS 2021. The US warship USNS Supply is one of the largest naval ships to have ever moored in the Kiel naval port. At the same time, Supply is also one of the largest fleet suppliers for the US Navy.
The USNS Supply (T-AOE-6) is one of a total of four ships in the supply class “Fast Combat Support Ships”. The three other ships in this class are USNS Rainer (T-AOE-7), USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10).
These fleet suppliers (US Navy classification symbol: AOE) are the largest combat logistics ships in the United States Navy, designed as oil, ammunition and supply ships. All ships currently in service for rapid combat support are operated by the Military Sealift Command. They can transport more than 177,000 barrels of oil, 2,150 tons of ammunition, 500 tons of dry storage and 250 tons of cold storage. Most of the loading, mostly petroleum products, ammunition and supplies, takes place from various shuttle ships and the fleet suppliers then distribute this landing to ships in the carrier combat group if necessary. This significantly reduces the number of service ships required to travel with carrier combat groups.
There are more photos of USNS Supply here: Image gallery of the USNS Supply fleet
When entering and leaving the naval base in Kiel, the supply needed the support of several tugs. On Monday morning, Supply’s short visit to Kiel was over and the US ship left the Kiel Fjord for the Baltic Sea.