Ships designed for that purpose do most of the
replenishment, but major combatant ships are capable
of refueling smaller ships. Even the smallest ships can,
and do, transfer light freight, mail, and personnel by
means of highlines.
In addition to the standard replenishment
capabilities, all recently constructed, as well as many of
the older auxiliary, ships have helicopter platforms for
the transfer of munitions, personnel, cargo, and stores
by vertical replenishment. Vertical replenishment
Figure 8-32.Replenishment at sea enables the fleet to remain at sea and make successive strikes without returning to base for
fuel, ammunition, and supplies.