The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) sailed into New Orleans this past Thursday to showcase their warfighting and humanitarian assistance capabilities during public ship tours as part of New Orleans Navy Week.
Along with upgrades to the ship’s outdated combat systems that were completed in November 2014, the vessel received a stern flap which makes the ship’s hull more hydrodynamic, reducing drag and saving significant fuel while underway.
The ship also sports a combustion trim loop system that optimizes the fuel-air mixture for the ships’ boilers and improves crew safety; a variable speed drive port use fan that matches airflow with boiler loads; and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, all of which contribute to the ship’s energy efficiency and improve underway time.
New Orleans Navy Week enables the general public to meet Sailors and Marines, learn about life aboard ships, and better understand the capabilities of the Department of the Navy.
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