Green Ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Ready for Commissioning

by OldSailor on October 22, 2009

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green_ship_USS_Makin_Island_LHD8 USS Makin Island is ready for commissioning on October 24 at Naval Air Station North Island.
USS Makin Island, the final amphibious assault ship built in the LHD-1 Wasp-class is considered as the green ship because

  • Makin Island is the first of the class built with both gas turbines and an electric drive as Auxiliary Propulsion System (APS).
  • The ship will be using APS for roughly 75 percent of the time the ship is underway and is expected to save nearly $250 million in fuel costs over the ship’s lifetime.
  • The ship has already saved more than $2 million in fuel costs during the ships transit from Pascagoula, Miss., to San Diego.
  • The ship has other environmentally-friendly equipments like
    • an electric plant to power auxiliaries thereby avoiding steam or associated chemicals.
    • reverse osmosis water purification systems to avoid the need for chemicals like bromine or chlorine.

Read more from U.S. Navy.

Above photograph is from U.S. Navy.

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