-- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors and Marines showcased the ship's disaster relief capabilities during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) display Oct. 8-11 at Marina Green as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SSFW) 2010.
The focus of this year's fleet week was disaster preparedness, one of many missions inherent to the design of Makin Island, the Navy's first electric-hybrid ship.
"We're here in San Francisco showing the people of San Francisco how we can help aid them, should an earthquake or natural disaster occur," said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Andrew Bergen, Combat Logistics Battalion 11 battalion commander, deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard Makin Island.
The HADR display gave Makin Island team a unique opportunity to share the ship's disaster relief capabilities with the public and explain their distinct roles in those missions.
Makin Island served as the flagship for SFFW 2010, which featured more than 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. The five-day event showcased the equipment, technology and capabilities of the sea services while highlighting their history within the San Francisco area.
Operated by a crew of more than 1,000 Sailors, Makin Island is a multi-mission platform equipped to meet the needs of the country, from supporting national objectives to 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.