Senior Leadership Summit To Be Held Aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Senior Leadership Summit (SLS) is a first for any San Francisco Fleet Week and is an excellent opportunity for senior Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard leaders to interact with local, state and regional leaders focused on disaster preparedness and response. The SLS will focus on Federal response capabilities to local and state requirements in the event of a major natural disaster in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Being ready to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the event of potential natural or manmade disasters is a core capability of the Sea Services Maritime Strategy. Doing so takes advantage of the fact that our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are a rapidly deployable, technologically advanced team that is poised for action in a variety of roles as part of our nation's joint force.

The SLS is just one new facet of San Francisco Fleet Week which recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of our Sea Services, past and present. Sailors, Marines and Cast Guardsmen are woven into the fabric of the community - we are neighbors, volunteers and citizens actively working together to enhance the quality of life in the Bay Area. We thank San Francisco for showing appreciation to those of us who serve now as well as those who have served, and for honoring those heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The host ship for the SLS, Makin Island is the first United States Navy ship to be equipped with gas turbines and an electric drive system, replacing the older technology of steam boilers. With the ship's electric drive running, which is similar in functionality to that of a hybrid car, it is possible to transit longer distances using less fuel. Additionally, Makin Island is the first ship in the U.S. Navy to have an advanced electrical plant that powers all of the ship's auxiliaries, including the capability to produce 200,000 gallons of fresh water every day.

Operated by a crew of more than 1,000 Sailors, Makin Island is a multi-mission platform that is equipped to meet the needs of our country, whether that is supporting national objectives or by providing much needed relief to a disaster area. Makin Island's revolutionary technology is estimated to save the Navy $250 million throughout its 40-year lifecycle and is a model for future ship designs.

For further information about San Francisco Fleet Week, please see the official website www.fleetweek.us/

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