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July 21, 2012

Vol. 1 Issue 42

Yeoman 2nd Class Leo Lenherr competes for a top position in the 2012 Nimitz Idol competition aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Photo by MC3 Devin Wray.

The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, are briefed on the energy efficiency initiatives on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90). Photo by MC3 Dustin W. Sisco.

CNO, SECNAV Visit USS Chafee Story and photo by MC3 Dustin Sisco

The Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy, Commander, 3rd Fleet and several other distinguished visitors toured the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) as part of the Great Green Fleet Demonstration during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. The Great Green Fleet demonstration serves as another milestone in the Navy’s pursuit to improve combat capability through improved energy efficiency measures. Chafee, one of the five ships

included in the Great Green Fleet demonstration, took on 250,000 gallons of alternative fuel, a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel, from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). Lt. j.g. Karen Smith, Chafee’s fuels officer, explained that the use of biofuels on Navy ships further enhances the overall readiness of the fleet. “Anything that takes away our need to use foreign fossil fuel is, I think, a step in the right direction,” See CHAFEE Page 7

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Ice cream social TONIGHT 8p.m. on the aft mess decks. Proudly served by Nimitz CPO Mess.


Nimitz Recognizes Sailor of the Day Story and photos by MCSN Jess Lewis

his free time hanging out with friends and doing outdoor activities such as surfing, camping and snowboarding. While out to sea, he studies or works out to bypass the time. “Being Sailor of the Day makes me feel appreciated,” said Horvath. “It feels good to be recognized by the whole command and not just my direct chain of command.”

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Robert M. Horvath poses next to arresting gear engine three on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

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viation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class (AW) Robert M. Horvath was selected as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day, July 20. During a pre-flight inspection of the arresting gear wires, Horvath discovered a broken wire at the base of a purchase cable terminal, leading to the three wire being taken off line and preventing a potentially dangerous and harmful situation. He also lead 10 Sailors in safely completing more than 150 preventative and corrective evolutions and the repack of arresting gear engine number two’s port sheave damper. A native of Palm Coast, Fla., Horvath was the first of his family to join the Navy. He joined in 2008 for a change of lifestyle and plans to reenlist for shore duty. “I enjoy taking care of the machines and equipment,” said Horvath.While in port, Horvath enjoys spending Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff S. Ruth Executive Officer CAPT Buzz Donnelly Command Master Chief CMDCM Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer LCDR Karin Burzynski

Capt. Jeff Ruth, commanding officer of USS Nimitz named Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Robert M. Horvath Sailor of the Day, July 20 in the Pilot House.

Editor MC3 Ryan Mayes Lead Designer MC3 Renee L. Candelario

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USS Nimitz Sailors Welcome Peru Story by MCSN Jess Lewis

During Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, countries other than the United States are being given the opportunity to lead several exercises. Leadership from various countries, such as Chile, Columbia, Peru and Australia are currently working with the leadership on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Peru has provided two officers who are presently working with Nimitz’ Operations Department. “This is the seventh time Peru has participated in RIMPAC,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luis Talavera, executive officer of the Peruvian Corvette ship Sanchez Carrion (CM-26). “This is the first time I’ve participated in RIMPAC. It’s very impressive to be on the most powerful platform in the world.

Not many countries have carriers this size; it’s a very rewarding experience for us to be here.” The most important thing the Peruvians want to take back and apply to their Navy is the ability to work successfully with and manage a task force of multiple ships. “We’re learning how to manage huge forces with multiple assets like air and surface warfare and how to coordinate together to accomplish the mission,” said Talavera. “The most rewarding experience is to see all the movements needed to conduct operations at sea with several task forces.” Since being on board, Talavera has appreciated the hospitality and camaraderie of the Nimitz crew. “We are making new relation-

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ships here,” said Talavera. “First, we make relationships as people, second we make relationships as navies and third, we make relationships as countries. It’s not just about a professional relationship, but personal friendships as well.” The Peruvians are here to see, learn and take advantage of the learning opportunities available to them while on board Nimitz during RIMPAC. RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, began in 1971 and is designed for allied nations to come together to provide exclusive training opportunities used to strengthen partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a broad range of prospective operations.


Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) sends fuel probes to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS). Photo by MC3 Jonathan Colon.

Reservists Aid in the GGF Demonstration Story and photo by MCSN Jesse Monford

Navy Reserve Sailors stationed on the east coast embarked the Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. The reservists on board Kaiser serve the purpose of training the civilian mariners about properly running a rig and aiding the ship with the Great Green Fleet Demonstration. The Sailors are a part of the Cargo Afloat Rig Team, or the CART program. The CART program consists of about 300 reserve Sailors from east, central and west coasts. All from different parts of the east coast, 13 reserve Sailors are embarked on Kaiser for the participation of RIMPAC 2012 and to assist Kaiser in the Great Green Fleet Demonstration.

Through the CART program, these Sailors have been through training simulations on fuel and cargo rigs. The training for the CART program includes training on firefighting, forklift training, and more. Sailors who go through this rigorous training have to meet certain qualifications before being embarked on a real rig out to sea. The rotation for each CART team is approximately two weeks long on board Kaiser throughout RIMPAC. Once one team gets off, another team comes aboard. A lot of the reserve Sailors come from diverse backgrounds and are not all boatswain’s mates even though there is a lot of rigging and deck work. Some of the Sailors are engineers, logistics specialists and yeomans. “One thing they all share in common is at one point, they come into the CART program not knowing what

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it’s all about,” said U.S. Navy Reserve Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Richard Thornton of Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, N.J. “These [Sailors] are learning how to build fueling rigs and cargo rigs from the ground up very quickly and become naturally adapted.” The Sailors have also learned a lot about vertical replenishment, maintenance of the wrenches and the engineering side of things, Thornton added. One of the main reasons that reserve Sailors go out to oilers is to primarily train the civilian mariners. “Once we’re out on the ship, we are expected to augment, help and train the civilian mariners because they are only manned to a certain level based on Coast Guard requirements,” said Thornton. “Most of the civilian mariners here are aware of the [CART] program and they’re very welcoming.” Throughout their two-week long underway, the

reserve Sailors participated in the replenishment of the Great Green Fleet Demonstration. The demo is composed of five ships, including Kaiser, the provider of the biofuel. The other participants are the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the guidedmissile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). The ships each received blends of a 50/50 percent mixture of biofuel, made from animal waste fat and algae, and aviation fuel. “It’s fantastic to be a part of the Great Green Fleet,” said Thornton. “I’ve heard a lot about it and we always hear the President talk about green energy and how much we must have it. One would think that the military would be the last one to pick up on this, but it’s really nice to see that it is making its way to our ships a lot quicker than expected.”

Navy Reserve Sailors stationed on the east coast embarked Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) pause for a photo July 18. Page 5


The fuel lab aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is filled with samples of biofuel. Nimitz on-loaded 200,000 gallons of biofuel in preparation of the Great Green Fleet demonstration during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.

Nimitz First toTest Use of Aviation Biofuels

Story and photo by MC3 Devin Wray

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was the first ship to receive and test the use of a new blend of hydro-processed renewable jet (HRJ-5) and aviation (JP-5) fuel on aircraft July 17, as part of the Navy’s Great Green Fleet Demonstration. Approximately 450,000 gallons of 100% “neat” biofuel were purchased in 2011 in preparation for the demonstration. The demonstration serves as another milestone in the Navy’s pursuit to improve combat capability through improved energy efficiency measures by investing in advanced biofuels that are domestically produced. “It’s a step towards energy independence,” said Cmdr. Michael Maxwell, Nimitz’ mini boss. “If we can prove that it works for air operations, then we will be able to mass produce it here in the U.S.” The fuel, provided by Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (TAO 187), will be used on board Nimitz to fuel multiple aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets, E-2 Hawkeyes, EA-6B Prowler, and SH-60 Seahawks

during the demo. “We expect the fuel to give the same results as any other fuel we use,” said Maxwell. “The only difference is that we will send less money overseas to make it.” The biofuel has been used by shore commands including the Blue Angels for approximately a year. Before the demonstration, the Nimitz will have to test the fuel to ensure the transfer to the ships holding tanks is effective and causes no changes to the fuel. “We’ll be the first to test it at sea,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Joshua Palomares, a fuel lab technician aboard Nimitz. “If we can prove it can be used in a multitude of aircraft, this will become the new standard in naval aviation at sea.” The blends are a 50 percent mixture of biofuel, made from animal waste fat and algae, and aviation fuel. Nimitz, along with Carrier Air Wing 11, USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93), USS Princeton (CG 59) and Kaiser are participating in the demonstration during the 2012 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

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CHAFEE: Ship Showcases Energy Efficiency

continued from page 1 said Smith. “It gives the Navy a little bit more flexibility, and they know where it’s coming from.” “Thinking about it economically, yes, it’s a little bit pricier on the front end, but everything new is,” Smith said. “I think that, as time goes on, that cost will drive down. The added benefit of having that operational capability is a plus, and now it’s not left in foreign hands to decide what our fuel costs are.” The installation of an energy dashboard marks one more step The secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval in Chafee’s move towards energy Operations, are briefed on the energy efficiency initiatives on board the guided-missile destroyer USS efficiency. The energy dashboard Chafee (DDG 90). Photo by MC3 Dustin W. Sisco. that we’re burning as little fuel as possible.” uses the Integrated Condition The dashboard includes the Fuel Management Assessment System (ICAS) to collect data from System (FMS), which assists pre-underway planning shipboard equipment. “The energy dashboard has been a big help,” Smith by recommending efficient equipment lineups. Along with energy dashboard, a series of light said. “It gives us instantaneous data of what we’re doing, so we’ve been utilizing that tool to make sure emitting diodes (LED) have been installed on the Chafee to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting fixtures to improve lamp lifespan and drive down maintenance and sparing costs, as well as a stern flap, which will increase propulsion exhaust emissions to foster fuel cost savings while increasing both ship speed and range.

The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus and the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, arrive on board the guided missile destroy USS Chafee (DDG 90) in a MH-60S Seahawk of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 during the Great Green Fleet Demonstration. Photo by MC3 Ryan J. Mayes. Page 7


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