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The centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) that deploys on alternative fuels, including nuclear power for the carrier and a blend of advanced biofuel made from beef fat and traditional petroleum for its escort ships.
These biofuels have been procured by the Department of the Navy at prices that are on par with conventional fuels, as required by law, and are certified as “drop-in” replacements that require no engine modifications or changes to operational procedures. The CSG also uses energy efficient technologies and operating procedures referred to as Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) during the course of its normal operations.
Throughout 2016, other Department of the Navy platforms including ships, aircraft, amphibious and expeditionary forces, as well as shore installations, will participate in the GGF by using energy efficient systems, operational procedures, and/or alternative fuel during the course of planned mission functions worldwide.
Ashore, DON installations have in procurement 1.1 gigawatts of renewable energy – or about one-half of overall DON power requirements as of January 2016. Renewable energy projects at our facilities can help increase resiliency by enabling them to continue operations in the event of a commercial grid disruption. You can follow along on Twitter #GreatGreenFleet and we’ll file it under “Great Green Fleet.”
The goal of the Great Green Fleet is to deploy energy efficient systems and use alternative energy in an operational environment, highlighting them as key enablers of combat capability in order to increase flexibility and enable our platforms to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower.
The centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) using Energy Conservation Measures and/or alternative energy in the course of its normal operations.
The CSG will join other platforms, aircraft, amphibious forces and shore installations performing planned mission functions throughout 2016.
Great Green Fleet deployment will be conducted as part of normal planned operations and exercises.
Great Green Fleet will reinforce a DON culture that recognizes energy as a key combat enabler.
Energy efficiency increases mission and combat capability.
Energy efficiency enables increased range, endurance, and operational flexibility.
Energy efficiency promotes sustainability – responsible use of limited resources.
Use of alternative energy creates options for our warfighters and brings us closer to energy independence.
STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (June 13, 2016) - The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Ike, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Gendron/Released)