Firing the Shot Line

10 05 2010

Two Sailors fire a “Shot Line” from an M-14 to a refueling ship at sea. The shot line is the first step during an UNREP (Underway Replenishment) that enables the Sailors to heave a fuel hose from one ship to another.

The firing of these Shot Lines is something of an art, as the Gunners Mate must fire a slow-moving rubber projectile into the wind, to the other ship that is rocking in the waves, at a specific target, all the while trying not to hit somebody, break a window, or miss completely.

I’ve done it. It’s harder than it sounds. These guys are good.

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