Fleet Week San Francisco Hosts USS America (LHA 6) Commissioning, 'Energy Warrior,' and Navy Environmental Programs
SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- The Navy is spreading the word about its energy and environmental programs as part of Fleet Week San Francisco, with exhibits aboard USS America (LHA 6), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and at Pier 39.
The USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, on October 11.
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Ray Mabus, highlighted the ship's advanced technology, including energy efficiencies that enhance the ship's warfighting and humanitarian assistance capabilities. "From the fuel-saving hybrid drive to a host of other systems, American technological innovation and manufacturing skill have always been powerful advantages," said SECNAV.
In addition to its gas turbine engines, USS America is equipped with an electric auxiliary propulsion system (APS) that saves fuel at speeds under 12 knots. Because LHA ships spend the majority of their time traveling at low speeds, this hybrid system can allow the ship to stay on station longer and/or travel farther between refueling.
During the ceremony, Adm. Harry B. Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, commended the crew for their performance during acceptance trials and sailing around South America. He also stressed the importance of the Navy's use of biofuels, fuel-saving electric auxiliary propulsion systems afloat, and solar and wind power ashore.
The Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness (N45) exhibits on board the USS America (LHA 6), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and at Pier 39 highlight the Navy's efforts to become more energy efficient and combat capable through technology and workforce training, and to explore domestically-produced sources of alternative fuel. The displays also describe Navy environmental initiatives such as marine mammal research, shipboard management of plastics and other materials at sea, and using technology and best practices to keep oil out of the ocean and manage chemicals for ship maintenance.
Fleet Week San Francisco also enabled Sailors and the general public to learn about the Navy's recently launched "Energy Warrior" app that is available free from the app store for iPads and Android devices. The app highlights Sailors and civilians out in the Fleet who are innovating to save energy and get the maximum warfighting punch out of every gallon. The app includes videos, energy facts, and articles that explore energy issues.