(b) Fast Combat Support Ships (AOE). The Navy currently operates eight AOEs to resupply the
fleet with petroleum, ammunition, refrigerated stores and dry stores. There are two classes of AOEs: the
Sacramento Class and the Supply Class.
1 Sacramento Class
a The Sacramento Class AOEs have a fuel capacity of 190,000 barrels (7.98 million
gallons), 2,150 tons of ammunition, 500 tons of dry stores, and 250 tons of refrigerated stores.
b The speed of these AOEs is 26 knots and has a complement of 600.
c The four Sacramento Class AOEs are:
Sacramento -- Pacific Fleet
Camden -- Pacific Fleet
Seattle - Atlantic Fleet
Detroit -- Atlantic Fleet
2 Supply Class
a These ships have a capacity of 177,000 BBLS ( 7.4 million gallons) of POL, 2,150
tons of ammunition, and 500 tons of dry cargo, 250 tons of refrigerated cargo.
b The top speed of these ships is over 25 knots.
c The two Supply Class AOEs and the fleets that they support are as follows:
Supply - Atlantic
Bridge - Pacific
3 Tanker Aircraft.
a The United States military began developing the concept of in-flight refueling shortly
after World War II.
b Since the fuel capacity of the aircraft determines its range and flight time, the concept
of in-flight refueling was a must for modern aircraft.