Under the watchful eye of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,Military Sealift Command Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) successfully delivered 200,000 gallons of a blended mixture of biofuel to USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during two underway replenishments off the coast of San Diego this week. The UNREP marks the beginning of MSC’s support of the Great Green Fleet, a year-long initiative highlighting the Navy’s efforts to transform its energy use to increase operational capability. Lawrence, is one five ships that make-up the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG); the first CSG operating with biofuel. During its Western Pacific deployment, the strike group will use energy efficiency measures, to include technologies and operational procedures, and alternative fuel in the course of its normal operations. Upon completion of the photo op, Guadalupe returned to NAS North Island.
Later this month, the CSG will be joined by the MSC ship USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7), who will deliver biofuel to the remainder of the CSG’s ships, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and will remain with the group, providing logistics services throughout its deployment.
“Bringing a cutting edge technology like the biofuel to the fleet is historical,” said Cmdr. Ray Franklin, Military Sealift Command Pacific operations officer. “It demonstrates again, that MSC provides important logistics services to the warfighters, and shows that we are an integral part of the United States Navy team. As the Navy adapts new technologies, so too will we, as well as our ways of delivering them on time and on scene!”
According to the Department of Energy, The Great Green Fleet is a year-long, Department of the Navy initiative that demonstrates the sea service’s efforts to transform its energy use. As one of the Secretary of the Navy’s key energy goals, the purpose of the Great Green Fleet is to make our Sailors and Marines better warfighters, able to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower. Mabus chose the name Great Green Fleet to honor President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, which helped usher in America as a global power on the world stage at the beginning of the 20th Century. The Great Green Fleet will usher in the next era of Dept. of Navy energy innovation.
Throughout 2016, other Dept. of Navy platforms including ships, aircraft, amphibious and expeditionary forces, as well as shore installations, will participate in the Great Green Fleet by using energy efficient systems, operational procedures, and/or alternative fuel during the course of planned mission functions worldwide.