Sailors and Marines serving aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) have a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day every day, not just April 22 like the rest of the world.
Crew members have taken the ship thousands of miles away from its homeport of San Diego and have showed off the ship's fuel-saving technology to coalition and regional partner nations in keeping with the 2012 Earth Day theme of "Mobilize the Earth."
The ship's hybrid-electric propulsion system is designed to run on auxiliary propulsion motors at low speeds and on gas turbines at higher speeds. This technology allows the Department of the Navy to reduce the use of fossil fuels that leads to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air, one of the key themes of Earth Day.
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