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.
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.]
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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…
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.
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.]