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DoD Officials Tour Warship's Hybrid-electric Propulsion Plant

USS Makin Island: Photo credit USN

Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, pay a visit to 'USS Makin Island' (LHD 8). Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met recently with several flag and general officers in the area on board USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for a leadership breakfast and to tour the ship. Following breakfast, the guests were taken on a tour of Makin Island and were able to meet many of the sailors who help to keep the ship fully mission capable. Lt. Cmdr. Brian Ponce, Makin Island's main propulsion assistant, led the group on a tour of Nr. 2 Main Machinery Room to discuss the ship's unique hybrid-electric propulsion system and other energy conservation methods.
 Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system. During the ship's maiden deployment, $15 million tax payer dollars were saved due to the system. The Navy expects to see fuel savings of more than $250 million over the course of the ship's 40 year lifecycle, proving the Navy's commitment to energy awareness and conservation. 
 "When our electric drives are in operation we spend very little money and very little resources" said Ponce. "That in combination with all the other energy saving prospects we have on board makes a significant difference in overall energy conservation on Makin Island."

Northrop Grumman Delivers USS Makin Island


Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding sector delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 16, one of the nation's newest and most advanced ships, the amphibious-assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) during a short ceremony held on the vessel's flight deck. Makin Island (LHD 8) was delivered to the U.S. Navy after successfully completing acceptance sea trials. Acceptance trials are conducted to allow representatives of the U.S

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 17

From the Navy News Service 1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines. 1959 - Adm. Arleigh Burke re-appointed as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for third two-year term, serving longest term as CNO. 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH 1) launched at Seattle, Wash.

Makin Island Sailors Prepare to Defend their Ship

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Webb, Commander, Naval Surface Force Public Affairs Thirty-five Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) (LHD 8) graduated the Damage Control Familiarization Safety, Environmental and Occupational Health Programs (DC CREWFAM) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) West Administrative Annex, April 11. DC CREWFAM is designed to provide Makin Island crew members with basic damage control (DC) processes

SECNAV Tours Next Generation Amphibious Assault Ship

A bow view of the Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8), which is currently under construction in Pascagoula. Makin Island, the Navy’s first amphibious assault ship equipped with an all electric auxiliary systems and a hybrid gas turbine - electric propulsion system, is scheduled for christening August 19, 2006. Photo by Mr. Steve Blount courtesy Northrop Grumman Ship

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Webb, Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Public Affairs Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter visited Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) May 29, as part of a scheduled Gulf Coast visit. Winter toured the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) facility and spaces aboard . His primary goal for the tour was to review updates on the overall shipbuilding activities at NGSB and for a status assessment of what's happening with .

Successful Makin Island Sea Trials


On Feb. 10, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) returned from successful three-day builder's sea trials held in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is the eighth USS Wasp (LHD 1)-class amphibious assault ship being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. "We worked collaboratively with the Navy to meet our program commitments, and complete this significant milestone," said Irwin F

McHale Named VP at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Gaylene M. McHale vice president and program manager of large deck amphibious ship programs for the Ship Systems sector, effective immediately. McHale will manage the large deck amphibious shipbuilding programs, consisting of LHD and LHA class ships. In this role, she will have overall program responsibility for the construction and delivery of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD

Main Engine Lit Off Aboard Makin Island

  By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Webb, Makin Public Affairs  Seven crew members from pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) witnessed a construction milestone Feb. 26, when LHD 8 became the first Navy vessel with a 35,000 horsepower LM2500+ gas turbine engine to successfully complete forward main engine light off (MELO). LHD 8 is part of the Navy's Smart Ship design, which is an effort to reduce manpower through the increased use of technology

Fleet Week Brings 1.5 Million Visitors to San Francisco

Under clear skies and with calm seas, they came by the hundreds of thousands to San Francisco Fleet Week 2010, the largest such gathering in more than twenty years to take place in the City. The USS Makin Island -- known as the Navy's "Green Ship" for its revolutionary hybrid technology came to San Francisco early to showcase its disaster relief capabilities. In addition, five more 3rd Fleet United States Navy ships, plus two from the Canadian Navy

GE Gas Turbines Power USS America

Image courtesy GE Marine

GE Marine reports that the United States Navy’s future USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship recently completed successful acceptance sea trials powered by two GE LM2500+ marine gas turbines. Acceptance sea trials were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico by Huntington Ingalls Industries, nearby its Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard. “The selection of the LM2500+ gas turbines offers propulsion commonality for this first-in-class ship with the U.S

Obama says S. China Sea Claimants Should Avoid Militarising Issue

President Barack Obama Courtesy

  U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders that territorial claimants to waters in the South China Sea should avoid militarising the issue and cease any building of artificial islands. "For the sake of regional stability the claimants should

China Won't Cease Building on S. China Sea Isles

Liu Zhenmin, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. "Building and maintaining necessary military facilities

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

First Cruise Ships Dock at Abu Dhabi’s New Stopover

Luxury cruise liners―Island Sky and Seaborne Sojourn― make maiden calls at Island as part of international itinerary Credit : Abu Dhabi Ports

  Abu Dhabi Ports─the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has started welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover in Abu Dhabi. Two prominent luxury cruise vessels made their maiden calls

GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue

GAC coordinates delivery of Swedish boats for Eastern Mediterranean sea rescue effort

  Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)

Six Infants Drown as Migrant Boat Capsizes off Greek Island

Migrants make their short but dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greeces eastern islands

  Eleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday. Fifteen others were rescued when the six-metre boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.

Four Drown, 6 Missing Refugees off Greece

Four refugees drowned and another six were missing off the Greek island of Farmakonisi after their boat sank, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. Four people were rescued, the coastguard said in a statement. The vessel the migrants were travelling on sank in an unknown location north of the

HMAS Sydney Decommissioned

HMAS Sydney (IV) was the third of six Adelaide class guided missile frigates (FFG) to commission into the Royal Australian Navy

  HMAS Sydney will be decommissioned after 32 years of service at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney on November 7, 2015. During the conduct of maritime operations spanning the globe HMAS Sydney, an Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate serving with the Royal Australian Navy has

MOL Containership Rescues Castaways

Scenes of rescue operations

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on October 29, 2015, the MOL-operated containership MOL PROFICIENCY safely rescued all two survivors 400 km offshore of Canary Islands. Details of the rescue follow: ・ At 09:05 (all times in local time) on October 29, 2015

Indonesia Asks China to Clarify South China Sea Claims

Indonesia has asked China to clarify its claims over the South China Sea but has yet to receive a response, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, a day after Indonesia's security chief said Jakarta could take Beijing to court over an island dispute.  

China: "Great Restraint" in South China Sea

China has shown "great restraint" in the South China Sea by not seizing islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of two regional summits where the disputed waterway is likely to be a hot topic.

Around 20 African Migrants Lost at Sea After Boat Sinks

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday.   Spanish lifeguards rescued 22 African men from the sea late on Tuesday in stormy conditions and

Hong Kong Safety Alert: Canoe Race on Saturday

Canoe Race Courtesy Hong Kong Government

  A canoe race will take place on 21 November 2015 (Saturday) from Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung to Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. About 130 outrigger canoes are expected to participate in the race. The race will start off Clear Water Bay at 0900 hours and all participants are expected

British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner

Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responded to a distress call by the 10,000 tonne cruise ship ‘Le Boreal’

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

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