The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship LHD-8 USS Makin Island — the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system — completed a nine-day scheduled sea trial earlier this month, following its 13-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). The ship’s hybrid-electric propulsion system is designed to run on auxiliary propulsion motors at low speeds and on gas turbines at higher speeds. This technology allows the service to reduce the use of fossil fuels, lowering ...

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