Defense

July 19, 2012

SECNAV, CNO visit Nimitz for Great Green Fleet demonstration

by PO3 Jonathan A. Colon
USS Nimitz

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speak with Sailors during an all hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Mabus, Greenert and other senior Navy leaders were on hand to witness the large-scale demonstration of the Navy’s use of alternative energy and energy efficiencies during RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise.

The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz for the Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration during Rim of the Pacific 2012, July 18.

The Great Green Fleet demonstration is a step towards the Department of the Navy’s goal to reduce consumption of energy, decrease reliance on fossil fuels and significantly increase the use of alternative energy.

Greenert emphasized the importance of the Navy’s biofuel initiative and its importance for the Navy’s future energy plan.

“Biofuel is made with algae, plants and animal fat. We’ll be using a 50-50 mixture of that to show that in fact there is an alternative to petroleum products,” said Greenert. “We’ve got to look for alternative fuels, we’ve got to look for alternative opportunities, and we’ve got to be efficient in energy.”

Nimitz took on more than 180,000 gallons of 50-50 biofuel, a new blend of hydro processed renewable jet (HRJ-5) and aviation (JP-5) fuel July 17, in preparation for the Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, and Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Ray Mabus observe as the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser, background, transfers biofuels to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton during a replenishment at sea. The fueling is part of the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of the Rim of the Pacific 2012 exercise.

Mabus spoke about how biofuels are a “drop-in” fuel and will not change operations at all.

“We don’t have to change the operations, and we don’t have to change anything that we are doing,” said Mabus. “The fuel is used in exactly the same way, by the same platforms and by the same engines.”

During an all hands call, Greenert took time to thank the crew of Nimitz and encouraged the crew to continue what they are doing.

“To the crew of the Nimitz I’d like to say thank you very much, you guys are awesome,” said Greenert. “Every time I come aboard a great ship like Nimitz and talk to a great crew, it helps me understand what we’ve got to do and that’s go back to Washington, make sure you are organized, trained and equipped to do the job you need to do.”

For the demonstration, Mabus and Greenert also visited USS Chafee, and USS Princeton to see the biofuel on load and to observe how they will use the fuel on board.

RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 surface ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
navy-china

USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 

 

Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to a total...
 
 

AFRL shape-changing materials make form a function

Air Force Research Laboratory research is shaping the future of aerospace. Through research into soft materials called liquid crystal elastomers, AFRL scientists have developed a method to locally program the mechanical response in polymer sheets without the use of actuators and traditional mechanical parts. This research (sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)...
 
 
Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph

Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots c...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>