Ship’s Mission

Santa Barbara was an ammunition ship, a warship specially configured to carry ammunition, usually for Navy ships and aircraft. Her cargo handling systems, designed with extreme safety in mind, include ammunition hoists with airlocks between decks, and mechanisms for flooding entire compartments with sea water in case of emergencies. She deliver her cargo to other ships using underway replenishment, using both connected replenishment and vertical replenishment. To a lesser extent, they transport ammunition from one shore-based weapons station to another.

Santa Barbara fulfilled various missions for the US Navy:

UNDERWAY REPLENSHIMENT (UNREP)

Santa Barbara’s primary mission was Underway Replenishment; the method of transferring fuel, munitions, and stores from one ship to another while under way.

  • Alongside Connected Replenishment (CONREP)- The process of delivering ammunition, ordnance, fuel equipment, personnel and supplies via ship-to-ship cables and slings.
  • Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP)- The process of delivering ammunition, ordnance, equipment and supplies via helicopter(s).

 

CARGO BOOM OPERATIONS

The operation of loading ammunition, ordnance, equipment and supplies via boom arms from ship-to-pier & pier-to-ship.

 

SMALL BOAT OPERATIONS

The utilization of smallcraft for delivery of ammunition, ordnance, equipment, personnel and supplies.