Portland Fleet Week Offers Ship Tours, Energy and Environmental Highlights
PORTLAND, Ore. (NNS) --
The Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (N45) showcased the Navy's energy and environmental initiatives at Portland Fleet Week, June 6-8, at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.
Set up near the boarding area for ship tours of USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the N45 exhibit provided information about Navy energy efficiency and alternative fuel testing/certification efforts as well as environmental initiatives such as marine mammal research and shipboard management of plastics and other materials at sea.
"USS Spruance demonstrates that we as a Navy can maintain the highest standards of environmental quality and energy efficiency," said Lt. Dominique Jackson, USS Spruance Chief Engineer. "I am glad that information was available to locals as a part of Portland Fleet Week."
Fleet Week activities returned to the Portland Rose Festival following a hiatus last year. Prior to 2013, U.S. naval ships have participated in the festival every year since its 1907 inception. Fleet Week provides visitors the opportunity to tour Navy ships, meet Sailors, and learn first hand about the importance of maritime service. Other participating ships included U.S. Coast Guard cutters CGC Cuttyhunk (WPB 1322) and CGC Alert (WMEC 630), Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Oriole (KC 480), and historical and local vessels.
Portland's Fleet Week is one of six in the country for 2014. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, public affairs officer at U.S. Third Fleet, believes the events are vital to sustaining relationships with communities.
"We know if we're not here, it's tough for members of the community to know what their Navy is doing," said Brown.
To learn more about the Navy's energy and environmental programs, visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/home