NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- It was deployment day for the crew of the USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).

The replenishment oiler is headed to the Fifth Fleet area of operations. That covers the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and parts of the Indian Ocean.

While deployed, the Patuxent crew will provide fuel and other supplies to U.S. Navy ships at sea, allowing naval warships to stay on longer, and continue with their mission uninterrupted.

The Patuxent most recently returned from its last deployment back in May.