Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Green Shirt Holding a Red Paddle

A crewwoman is standing on deck, she has a red card in front of her and is holding a yellow card behind her back
Description: Painting, Acrylic on Paper; by Kristopher John Battles; 2015; Framed Dimensions 17H X 12W
Accession #: 2015-011-55
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While visiting USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75), I got to observe “replenishment at sea,” where a supply ship pulled alongside to send fuel and supplies over to the aircraft carrier.  I was interested in the traditional way in which communication still was done between the ships-part of which entailed the use of simple paddles, with colors on each side denoting certain actions.  Here a young sailor holds a red paddle as she waits for her shipmates to shoot a line over to the waiting replenishment ship. 

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