SAN DIEGO - San Diego area Navy leadership gathered at Naval Base San Diego for the inaugural Fleet Energy Training Event, Feb. 11.
The event highlighted the latest developments the Navy is pursuing based on the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals, provided training to help deck plate Sailors apply best energy practices, and recognized commands that have excelled in energy conservation.
Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) delivered the opening remarks and presented Operational Energy Awards.
"We can't assume that the way it has always been is the way that it will always be," said McGinn. "We recognize that with every drop of oil and every kilowatt of electricity, we have to squeeze the maximum amount of mission readiness out of that and the maximum amount of quality of life for ourselves and our families. We do that through energy conservation and energy efficiency."
McGinn presented the highest award to the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Compared to the average fuel usage of ships of the same class, Peleliu saved 37,231 barrels of fuel - a savings of $5,332,000. The award recognizes the ship's commitment to energy conservation strategies, techniques and training.
"It's all about sea endurance," said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "The Navy of the future that can endure at sea the longest without resupply, that has the most flexibility, that has the most resiliency - that's the Navy that's going to prevail. That needs to be us and that is us today."
Following the event, McGinn visited USS Dewey (DDG 105) where he met with crew members to discuss energy conservation and its impact on operational readiness.
A second Fleet Energy Training Event will take place in Norfolk, Va. in late March.