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.
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