USS Momsen dry docking ammo question


#1

This is USS Momsen in a dry dock in Seattle navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=80185. What happens to all live ammo on board of such a large missile carrying vessel when it undergoes long maintenance? Is it removed and latter given to the same vessel or issued to other ships?


#2

Before entering the yards for major work, we off-loaded all of our ammunition, including small arms. It was taken to the nearest depot immediately. I do not recall if we received the same ammo after the overhaul, though. It may have been put into the system, inspected, and distributed to another ship that needed it. I participated in quite a few off-loads, but cannot give you a proper answer.


#3

Whenever we could, we shot it all up while still at sea “training.” The more we shot, the less we had to unload. Great incentive


#4

Tankers have this same policy at the end of Gunneries.