USS FORD on Alternative Fuel Blend
by Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications (MarineLink.com) USS Ford Conducts Operational Transit on Alternative Fuel Blend.
USS Ford (FFG 54) successfully transited from the ship’s homeport in Everett, Wash., to San Diego, March 2, using 25,000 gallons of a 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in the ships LM 2500 gas turbines. USS Ford’s transit on the algal blend marks the first demonstration of the alternative fuel blend in an operational fleet ship.
“We’ve done basically every range of research vessel we could test: the experimental riverine command boat; the Naval Academy’s yard patrol; a landing craft utility, a landing craft air cushion amphibious, and self defense test ship,” said Richard Leung, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Navy Fuels engineering manager. “Each test has brought us a little closer to the upcoming Green Strike Group demonstration set for later this year.” Meeting the secretary of the Navy’s call for a drop-in fuel replacement, no changes were required to the infrastructure of the ship or fueling pier for the test. The blended fuel was stationed on a barge in Puget Sound off Bremerton, Wash., and immediately available to the Ford for testing. READ MORE