U.S, Makin Island First Green Hybrid Warship In The World

October 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The US Navy will commission the amphibious assault ship Makin Island, Saturday, Oct. 24, during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony at North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado, Calif. The Makin Island the ‘Prius of the Sea’ is the first Navy surface ship to be equipped with hybrid technology, using both gas turbines and an auxiliary propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects over the course of the ship’s lifecycle to see fuel savings of more than $250 million, further demonstrating the Navy’s commitment to energy awareness and conservation. Built by Northrop Grumman, the three football fields long Makin Island, carries 2,000 marines, their helicopters, hovercraft, Bradley fighting vehicles and a squadron of Harrier jets and is designed to support both wartime and peaceful humanitarian support. Makin Island is named for the daring raid carried out by Marine Corps Companies Alpha and Bravo, Second Raider Battalion, on the Japanese-held Makin Island, in the Gilbert Islands, on Aug. 17-18, 1942.

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