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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

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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

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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


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


Bataan ARG/MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to 6th Fleet

The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Arabian Gulf. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22n

  Ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal Oct. 2, 2014, marking the beginning journey homeward. Deployed since February 8, 2014, the Bataan ARG/MEU is comprised of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and embarked Marines from the 22nd MEU


Asian Maritime Battle Heats Up

Chinese vessel building project in the Spratly Islands (Image by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

 New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea, reports The Australian.   Intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions, the images show a ¬dra¬matic expansion in China’s construction of


USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

Photo courtesy USCG

  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.


Drowning at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay by Disney

 Police are investigating the apparent drowning of an American cruise ship passenger off at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas - Castaway Cay in the Abacos. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, and a lot of details are not yet known about the situation.   


China's Maritime Advances Worry US

Image: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 The Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James Clapper, has expressed his concern at the progress of China in maritime zones it shares with its neighbors, accused China of expanding its outposts in the South China Sea in an “aggressive” effort to exert sovereignty.  


Zamakona, Finnish GS-Hydro Ink Deal

Presentation ceremony of the agreement between Zamakona and the Finnish GS-Hydro

  The presentation ceremony of the Finnish multinational leader in water services GS-Hydro, new partner of Zamakona Yards in Canarias was held yesterday (January 29th at 7 p.m.) in the auditorium of Zona Franca in the Las Palmas Port.


Island Performer Ready for the US

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  The subsea vessel Island Performer has been upgraded for her next assignment in the US. Ulstein Verft has installed cargo tanks and corresponding piping, a switchboard room for deck equipment and the sea fastening frame for stacks, as well as platforms for the tower winches


Zamakona to Offer GS-Hydro Hydraulic Services

Pictured from left to right: Borja Garaygordóbil, General Director of Zamakona Yards Canarias; Pablo Moya, Managing Director of GS-Hydro Spain, Portugal and France; Álvaro Garaygordóbil, CEO Zamakona Yards Canarias and Luis Ibarra, President of the Port Authority of Las Palmas (Photo courtesy of Zamakona Yards)

GS-Hydro has reached an agreement with Zamakona Yards to include its hydraulic services in the range of services offered by the Zamakona in the Canary Islands.   Marking the new partnership, a presentation ceremony was held January 29 in the Las Palmas Port


Taiwan Uses Chinese Shipping Firm to Spratly Port

Pic: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (Old name: Zhenhua Port Machinery Company)

 A state-run shipping company from mainland China came to Taiwan's rescue  to get vital materials to a $100 million port it is building on a disputed island in the South China Sea last month, reports Reuters.   Taiwanese officials couldn’t find a local firm to do the job


USCG Rescues 4 Mexican Poachers

87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat (WPB) - Marine Protector Class : USCG

  Coast Guard crews rescued four Mexican nationals from their sinking boat Saturday, after they were spotted illegally fishing north of the U.S./Mexico maritime border. At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat


25 Migrants Die After Being Picked up at Sea

At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near Libya, the chief health official on the Italian island of Lampedusa said on Monday. Two Italian patrol boats picked up 105 migrants late on Sunday from the boat


CGC Alex Haley Returns from 70-day Bering Sea Patrol

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley makes its way to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 8, 2015

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to Kodiak Sunday following a successful 70-day deployment patrolling more than 10,800 miles throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Alex Haley, known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” departed Kodiak on Dec


Cypriot-flagged freighter Aground off Aegean Island

Greek authorities have rescued 11 crew members of a Cypriot-flagged freighter which ran aground off a Greek Aegean island early on Wednesday, the Greek coastguard said on Wednesday. The "Goodfaith" cargo ship, which was sailing empty from the port of Elefsina - close to Athens - to


Hong Kong Ferry Disaster Captain Convicted

Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry (Pic: Star Ferry)

 The captain of Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry’s Seasmooth passenger ferry, Lai Sai-ming, was on Saturday found guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter over the 2012 Lamma island ferry disaster.  He was also found guilty of endangering the lives of others at sea by a Hong Kong court


Artificial Islands Boost China Regional Power

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows Chinese progress in building an island at Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands. (Credit: CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/HIS)

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.


Japan, China to Resume Maritime Talks

The Senkaku Islands - by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

 Japan and China plan to resume security talks with focus on maritime issues as early as April after a four-year hiatus amid simmering tensions over territorial disputes, AFP reports.   A meeting planned for Tokyo, which would be the first since January 2011 in Beijing






 
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