Australian Navy Signs New Biofuel Research Agreement with US Navy
Australia – (News4us.com) July 20, 2012
On the 19th of July 2012, a new agreement was signed between the Australian and United States Navies in a ceremony aboard the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of the Northern Territory.
Through what has been described as a greater combined push in research and development.
The Royal Australian Navy and the US Navy have both committed to exploring the increased use of environmentally friendly fuels (biofuels) in naval and air operations.
Australia’s Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN and the US Secretary for Navy, Ray Mabus both signed a statement of Cooperation.
After many long discussions between to the two countries Naval powers it has been agreed that the potential benefits of these types of alternative fuel research were to significant to ignore.
The environment impact was high on the agenda along with national security concerns.
Rear Admiral Barrett stated that the research project had enormous potential.
“All of us have a responsibility to be more environmentally aware. As things stand today, biofuel remains too costly to use across our fleet. However, this project could lead to a cheaper alternative fuel,” he said.
The US Navy has been progressing in this direction for quit a while now and hopes to have in general use a new 50/50 blended biofuel product by the year 2020.
The Royal Australian Navy is looking at a joint deployment of alternative fuels in 2016.
“We are making sure that we look to the future so that we can continue to operate with the US as we do in company around the world,” Rear Admiral Barrett said.
During the important event a Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter landed on USS Nimitz and refuelled with a biofuel blend, before flying the Fleet Commander to HMAS Darwin.
This is the first time a RAN aircraft has flown with a biofuel blend.
All images courtesy of http://defence.gov.au
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