USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- In recognition of outstanding efforts in improved energy efficiency and reduction of energy and water consumption, multipurpose amphibious-assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) won the 2010 Large Ship Category Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Conservation Award Oct. 12.
In a ceremony attended by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work, Bataan's award reflected the ship's efforts to contribute to increased energy security, conservation of natural resources, reduction in emissions, and reducing America's dependence on fossil fuels. The ship was one of only seven commands, including shore and sea commands, to win the SECNAV award.
"During the period of the award, the engineers worked very hard to use fuel as efficiently as possible during all phases of operations," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate (SW/AW) Robert A. Butler, Bataan's Engineering Department master chief. "We also made every effort to maximize recovery of all hotel service drains, throughout the ship and repaired minor leaks as rapidly as possible to ensure we were getting the maximum efficiency of all steam produced from the boilers. We also adhered to other energy-saving practices such as periodic hull cleaning, trimming the ship by the bow and taking full advantage of the ship's 'bulbous' bow as it traveled through the water.
"Water conservation is a natural part of daily life for the Sailors and Marines embarked on board and Supply Department is always making sure that the sculleries and laundry services are not running continuously. Navigation Department helps out by always putting the ship on an optimum track which shortens our distance to various destinations. Sounding and Security rovers are always turning off unused lighting as well as ensuring that all air conditioning boundaries are properly maintained. On Bataan, it is a Blue and Green team effort which starts with training and periodic reminders. I like to think that we are doing nothing different than our sister ships in the fleet, but are more efficient at maintaining the standards."
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve energy security and efficiency, increase energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero.
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