Navy to Conduct Alternative Fuels Demonstration With Riverine Command Boat

Story Number: NNS101020-09Release Date: 10/20/2010 2:15:00 PM
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From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy will conduct a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat (experimental) powered by an alternative fuel blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 fuel aboard Naval Base Norfolk, Va., Oct. 22.

"Our primary mission for Navy energy reform is to increase warfighting capability, both strategically and tactically," said Rear Adm. Philip Cullom, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), which leads the Navy's Task Force Energy.

"From a strategic perspective, we are reducing reliance on fossil fuels from unstable locations. Tactically, efficient use of energy resources extends our combat range and use of non-petroleum fuels assures multiple supplies are available," said Cullom.

The testing and demonstration of alternative fuels for ships is led by Naval Sea Systems Command's advanced fuels program office. The office, working in coordination with the Task Force Energy Maritime Working Group, supports the secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships.

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Sailors assigned to Riverine Group 1 conduct maneuver training aboard a riverine command boat at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
February 10, 2010
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