By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Janweb B. Lagazo, USS Mason (DDG 87) Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Chief of the Italian Navy Adm. Guiseppe De Giorgi, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) to observe the ship’s role in the Great Green Fleet (GGF) initiative, June 16.

During Mabus’ visit, Mason, along with elements of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) and the Italian Navy’s Flotta Verde conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with an alternative fuel blend between Mason and the Italian navy’s oiler ITS Etna (A5326). This marks the first time a U.S. Navy warship received biofuels from a partner nation’s naval oiler.

“There’s really one goal — sustainability,” said Mabus, “There are also strategic goals to it. The main reason for doing this is to make us better warfighters and to make us a better Navy. It’s to keep the vulnerability away because fuel can be used as a weapon. It’s about having options before you get your fuel and what type of fuel you get. It gives us flexibility and it makes us better at what we do.”

In 2009, Mabus announced energy goals to reduce the Department of the Navy’s consumption of energy and reliance on foreign oil sources while ambitiously increasing the use of alternative energy sources.

“The RAS is definitely an important event for our country,” said Cmdr. Christopher J….

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