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Friday, October 26, 2012
USS Makin Island Hosts 'Leaders to Sea' Program
By Seaman Matthew J. Hill, USS Makin Island Public Affairs
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- A group of eight leaders
in business and industry from the Southern California area got underway with
the crew of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as part of the
"Leaders to Sea" program, Oct. 23.
The Leaders to Sea program, sponsored by Commander, Naval
Surface Forces, is designed to provide influential community leaders,
educators, and business executives an opportunity to observe daily operations
of Navy ships at sea.
This distinguished group of participants, which included
chief executive officers (CEOs) and vice presidents of local businesses, was
greeted by Makin Island's leadership team, just prior to the ship setting sea
and anchor detail in preparation to depart the pier.
After receiving an initial safety and capabilities briefs,
the group proceeded to observe the ship's outbound transit from Naval Base San
Diego, which was followed by an anchorage near the Silver Strand and well-deck
operations. Their time on board also included a tour of Makin Island's medical,
gymnasium, ship's store and critical command and control spaces, such as the
primary flight control tower.
"This was a great opportunity to see a warship in
operation the way that it was intended to be - very intriguing," said
Charles Gillespie, president and CEO of Semantic Research Inc. "If San
Diegans got to see this, they would have an even better appreciation of how
effectively leadership is transmitted from top to bottom."
Other participants in the Leaders to Sea program said they
were impressed by how effectively and efficiently day-to-day operations run on
"This was an amazing opportunity to comprehend the
complexities of naval operations," said Sonia Rhodes, CEO of Sonia Rhodes
Experience Design. "I was interested to learn about how the ship was run
from the leadership perspective."
The goal of the Leaders to Sea program is for participants
to experience Navy life first-hand and develop a greater understanding of the
various missions performed by the Navy on a daily basis. Participants are also
encouraged to share their experiences with family, peers, co-workers, employees
and other individuals in their respective influence areas.
Makin Island recently returned from a seven-month
deployment and was the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric
propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the ship saved more
than $15 million in fuel costs and the Navy expects to see fuel cost-savings of
more than $250 million, over the course of the ship's lifecycle. Lessons
learned during Makin Island's maiden deployment prove the Navy's commitment to
energy awareness and conservation and will positively influence future ship
designs for several decades.
This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and
Marine Corps that will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve the
Secretary of the Navy's energy goals to improve our energy security and
efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence and help lead
the nation toward a clean energy economy.