The USNS Walter S. Diehl was the vessel I was assigned to this second sea year. It
was a Military Sealift Command vessel utilized as a re-supply vessel for the U.S. Navy
and Foreign fleets.
The Walter S. Diehl was an underway replenishment tanker and had a total crew
of approximately 120 people.
The crew was comprised of an engine department, deck
department, steward department, Military, and supply department and when in hostile
areas a Marine detachment was also aboard.
The officer complement was made up of the
Captain, Chief Mate, Military Officer in Charge or OIC (Chief Petty officer), a Cargo
Mate, Second Mate, two Third Mates, Supply Officer, Junior Supply Officer, Purser,
Chief Steward, Medical Service Officer(MSO), Chief Engineer, First Engineer, Second
Engineer, two Third Engineers, and a Cargo Second Engineer.
The rest of the crew was
made up of unlicensed civilian workers and enlisted military personnel.
ratings include Steward Utilities, Supply Clerks, the Able Bodied seamen, Ordinary
seaman, Electronics Technicians, Engine utilities, Wipers, Supply Yeomen / storekeeper,
Electricians, Reefer engineer, and various military rates.
A. The manning of the Walter S. Diehl was quite sufficient. For a few weeks however we
were short 5 Able Bodied seamen. Due to this, the cadets were called to fill the work
void. Of course we worked the normal day and overtime and received no recognition. At
times when there were no jobs scheduled, the amount of people seemed quite inflated. As
long as things were in good operational order, the work routine remained rather relaxed.
The replenishment operations specifically involve simultaneous manning of many
different operations in order to get the job done, so a large amount of people allows time
for rotation of the teams and rest periods to aid in extended amounts of time available to
move cargo or fuel.
B. Most workers maintain a work schedule, which is based upon 8 hours of work.
Independent of that is an overtime regime that is dictated by the department head as the
budget and workload allows. Because of this some workers receive more overtime than