JMSDF, U.S. Navy grow green partnership

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Navy photograph by Smn. Cole C. Pielop

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare (DD-106) receives an advanced biofuel mixture from the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) during a replenishment-at-sea. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, the John C. Stennis Strike Group is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.

PHILIPPINE SEA–Japan Maritime Self Defense Force naval liaison officers visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 22.
The LNOs helped coordinate and communicate with Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare (DD-106) as it received an advanced biofuel mixture from the Great Green Fleet.

“The primary purpose [of our visit] is to deepen the mutual understanding and the interoperability with the U.S. Navy and JMSDF, particularly focusing on our tactical skills through bilateral operation with John C. Stennis Strike Group,” said Capt. Atsushi Minami, commander, Escort Division 4.

JMSDF offered to support the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JSCSG) as it transits the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

“[Japan is] one of our strongest allies,” said Lt. Michelle Calarasu, an operations officer for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21. “The U.S. is willing and able to seamlessly integrate with our allies and provide a strong presence within this area of operations.”

Samidare received more than 62,000 gallons of the advanced biofuel mixture during the refueling-at-sea with fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7).

“Due to the budget crunch, JMSDF has become interested in the fuel economy,” said Minami. “So the Japanese government is considering using biofuel more actively.”

JCSSG is using biofuels throughout its deployment as part of the Navy’s yearlong initiative to highlight efforts to transform its energy use and increase operational flexibility. The blended biofuel contains alternative fuel made from waste beef fat. The advanced biofuel blend is a ‘drop-in’ alternative, requiring no equipment, engine, or procedural modifications.