I think we did this mainly to haze the new junior officer. It's not unheard of for the line to slack, and dunk the basket.
Out of curiosity how much fuel is transfered (I assume ship size dictates capacity) also how long does it take to refuel the ships in need?We did unreps (underway replenishment) all the time for supplies, but this was the only time I saw a personnel transfer done. I was on a Spruance class destroyer, and we usually unrepped from the battle group carrier, or a supply ship.
Here's two shots of refueling at sea. The first one is taking fuel from the USS George Washington as we crossed the Atlantic, going to the Med. in 1996. The second is us waiting in line to refuel, as the USS Barry & Stout take on fuel from the USS Monongahela. This was in 1995 as the Atlantic fleet sortied from Norfolk to get out of the path of Huricane Felix.
Served on board from 1971-late1974 got transferred when th ship was heading to Bremerton for its upgrade and refueling. It went in as DLGN-25 and came out as CGN-25 when it came out.What years were you on the Baindridge? I was on there in 76 to 78 when it did a refueling in Bremerton and then a westpac afterwards. Lets see, Newell was one of the COs and Almstead was the other one I had. I sort of got "tagged" as a good nuclear refueling chief and did 5 of them during my 20 years in the Navy! Strange as it was since I ealkly hated being a shipyard and many years later ended up working at NASSCO in SD on their computer automation stuff as a civilian.