A fleet oiler re-fuels destroyer, USS Cooper (DD-695), underway at a sea in the United States.
United States USA Date:1944 Duration:13 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
Fueling of destroyer, USS Cooper (DD-695) underway at sea in the United States. Sailors aboard a destroyer ship. Officers maneuver the destroyer. An engineer involved in the preparations. An animated diagram shows information applicable when a destroyer takes on board fuel oil from a tanker alongside and both ships are underway. The small tanks are filled first. The officers work efficiently and wear life jackets. Men at forward fueling station. An animated diagram shows the course taken by the destroyer and the tanker. The animated diagram shows the collision of both ships. The heaving line and towing line are taken from the tanker to the destroyer ship. The free end of the messenger is returned to the destroyer. Sailors hold the fuel hose and take it to the tanks. A safe distance is maintained between the two ships. The straps are cut after refueling and the destroyer ship increases it's speed. (Note: The USS Cooper was torpedoed by the Japanese Destroyer, Take, during an engagement with Japanese naval forces in the Gulf of Leyte, on December 3, 1944. Reportedly, She exploded, split in two, and sank. Of her crew, only 168 could be rescued. The remaining 191 lost their lives.)
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