US Navy Aircraft Carrier Nimitz on Patrol

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz

USS Nimitz on patrol in the Pacific. Named for our greatest admiral, Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief US Navy Pacific fleet in World War Two. Fleet Admiral Nimitz led US naval forces to victory over Japan. Nimitz class carriers are the largest warships in the world.

 

The surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945: Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, representing the United States, signs the instrument of surrender.

 

An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean.

 An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pins Navy Cross on Doris Miller, at a ceremony on board the USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, May 27, 1942. Miller was the first African-American to be awarded the US Navy Cross, the second highest decoration of the US Navy.  

The citation for the medal says Miller was recognized for his “distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. 

Pic of the Day – USS Nimitz – Manning the Rails

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (May 11, 2013) Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) pulls in to Busan, Republic of Korea, for a port visit. Nimitz is deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

US Navy Nimitz Carrier Group Replenishment-At-Sea

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2013) The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participate in a replenishment-at-sea while the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Preble (DDG 88) transit in formation. Nimitz and Princeton are on a deployment to the western Pacific region. (USN photo by MC Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Cole)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Bunker Fuel Powered Allied Victory at Sea: Seventy Years Later It Has Become An Enemy – Part 3

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US Navy Leading the Way in Green Maritime Fuels

NORFOLK (Oct. 22, 2010) Sailors assigned to Riverine Group 1 conduct maneuvers aboard Riverine Command Boat (Experimental) (RCB-X) at Naval Station Norfolk. The RCB-X is powered by an alternative fuel blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 fuels to support the secretary of the Navy’s efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)

While being bitterly criticized in Congress by several “budget hawks,” who say it is way too expensive, the US Navy has been leading the way in creating sustainable biofuel for its ships and aircraft. And yes, it is expensive, very expensive. But that’s why it’s a pilot project. The US Navy is spending 12 million US dollars to figure out what kind of biofuel it could use and is experimenting with using it.

From Reuters 2.19.12:

Defense officials defend “Great Green Fleet” cost

Dozens of F/A-18 Super Hornets and other aircraft powered by conventional jet fuel mixed with recycled cooking grease and algae oil screamed off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on Wednesday during international military exercises in the central Pacific.

Two destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser plied the ocean using a similar fuel mixture. The fuel demonstration started on Wednesday and continued on Thursday…

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Another story from the climate blog Earth Techling:

US Navy Planning a “Great Green Fleet”

The Navy has set a goal of deploying a “Great Green Fleet” powered entirely by alternative fuels by 2016, and of reaching 50 percent alternative energy use overall by 2020. The service has also tested alternative fuel in a yard patrol boat at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and in a landing craft utility off the Virginia coast.

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NORFOLK (Oct. 22, 2010) Sailors assigned to Riverine Group 1 stand their post aboard Riverine Command Boat (Experimental) (RCB-X) as the boat conducts turning maneuvers while being followed by Riverine Command Boat (RBC-1) at Naval Station Norfolk. The RCB-X is powered by an alternative fuel blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 fuels to support the Secretary of the Navy’s efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released)

[Sources: Reuters and Earth Techling. Images courtesy of the US Navy Website and the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Scrub Exercise

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2012) Sailors and Marines participate in a scrub exercise on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently in transit to Naval Air Station North Island after successfully completing the ship’s Joint Task Force Exercise. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Carrier Qualifications

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 25, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Pacific Ocean. Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the world’s largest international maritime exercise. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael D. Cole/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Hawaiian Islands Sunset

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is underway off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]