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US Navy canceling program to turn gas-guzzling destroyers into hybrids

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 9, 2018

Remember one administration ago when climate change was our greatest enemy. Now we find out the green navy’s biggest enemy is reality.

The navy wasted only $52M. Cheap for government work.

Of course reality didn’t stop the F-35 program.

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/03/08/the-us-navy-is-cancelling-a-program-to-turn-gas-guzzling-destroyers-into-hybrids/

The Navy is canceling a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers, leaving only one destroyer with the technology, the Navy confirmed in a statement.

Citing “department priorities,” the service requested $6.3 million for 2018 to finish the installation on the destroyer Truxtun, but has zeroed out funding in 2019 and in the out years. The service has spent about $52 million on the program to date. The whole program was expected to cost $356.25 million, according to the Navy’s FY2017 budget submission…

Destroyers have three generators, two of which run while a third remains in standby, which rotates through while generators are down for maintenance or in case of an emergency. Running the electrical motor that turned the shaft while also running the ship’s power-hungry radars and related systems maxed out the capacity of those generators….

Be seeing you

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