US Navy Successfully Concludes Largest Demonstration of Shipboard Alternative Fuel Use

first_img View post tag: use The U.S. Navy successfully concluded its largest demonstration of shipboard alternative fuel use Nov. 17, with the successful arrival of the Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) to Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme, Calif.The SDTS is a decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer ex-Paul F. Foster (EDD 964) reconfigured to provide the Navy an at-sea, remotely controlled, engineering test and evaluation platform without the risk to personnel or operational assets.The ship received approximately 20,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of an algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 from the Defense Fuel Supply Point at Naval Base Point Loma, Nov. 16.“How can we have an impact?” asked Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel at the demonstration’s kick-off. “We can have an impact as a technology leader, highlighting and demonstrating the viability of biofuels as we are here today. This demo, the largest to date, is a major milestone for us. More than 50 percent of our fuel goes to maritime use. When this ship arrives in Port Hueneme, we will be a giant step closer to powering our Great Green Fleet and demonstrating progress toward a sustainable energy future.”Shortly after Pfannenstiel’s remarks, the ship began its 17-hour transit back to Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme using the 50-50 blend. While the SDTS has four LM 2500 main propulsion gas turbines and four 501-K17 ship service gas turbine generators, the ship only operated on one LM 2500 and two 501-K17s during the demonstration, so 100 percent of ship’s propulsion power and 50 percent of service power came from the algal oil/F-76 fuel blend.Meeting the secretary of the Navy’s call for a drop-in fuel replacement, no changes were required to the infrastructure of the ship or fueling pier for the SDTS test. The demonstration also marked the only at-sea operational test of alternative fuels in the LM 2500 – the engine found in most surface combatants – before the Green Strike Group demonstration planned for 2012.“For the test, a baseline run was made on the ship’s transit from Port Hueneme to San Diego using F-76 fuel,” said Rick Kamin, Naval Fuels and Lubricants Cross Functional Team lead. “Using the 50-50 blend on the return run to Port Hueneme, the tested engines were assessed on their abilities to perform start sequences as well as motoring and purging operations noted in Engineering Operational Sequencing System procedures. “We also collected data on compressor inlet temperature, engine speed, engine start time, fuel manifold pressure, turbine outlet temperature, turbine inlet temperature, ship service gas turbine generators power output and gas turbine main engine shaft output.”“From our perspective as the ship’s operators, there was absolutely no difference, whatsoever, in the operation or performance of the ship,” said Mike Wolfe, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division underway project officer. “The fuel burned just like the traditional fuel we get from the Navy and have been burning for years. We could not tell the difference. The biggest success is that a Navy ship with engines identical to those in commissioned warships operated successfully on an overnight transit with the alternative fuel without a glitch in anything. Operationally, it was absolutely a success.”The alternative fuels effort supports the Navy’s overall energy strategy to increase energy security and safeguard the environment. Recent and upcoming maritime vehicle alternative fuel testing includes an ongoing yard patrol boat demonstration at the U.S. Naval Academy and a Landing Craft, Air-Cushioned vessel demonstration scheduled for early December at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City, Panama City, Fla.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 21, 2011; Image: navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Successfully Concludes Largest Demonstration of Shipboard Alternative Fuel Use Equipment & technology US Navy Successfully Concludes Largest Demonstration of Shipboard Alternative Fuel Use View post tag: alternative View post tag: Shipboard View post tag: Demonstration View post tag: US View post tag: largestcenter_img View post tag: successfully View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Fuel View post tag: Concludes View post tag: News by topic November 21, 2011 Share this articlelast_img read more

Florida DOT Offering Free Coffee at Select Times and Rest Stops for Thanksgiving

first_imgThe Florida Department of Transportation is offering a little something to ease drivers’ travels and promote safety during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.If you are headed out of town and traveling on Florida’s Turnpike, Shell convenience stores at five Service Plazas will be offering a free pick-me-up in the form of hot coffee at select times.The Service Plazas include:-Turkey Lake in Orange County-Canoe Creek in Osceola County-Fort Drum in Okeechobee County-Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County-West Palm Beach in Palm Beach CountyTimes:-11 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 to 6 a.m., Thursday, November 28-11 p.m., Sunday, December 1 to 6 a.m., Monday, December 2Florida’s Turnpike is offering free coffee at the Shell convenience stores or in the lobby of our Service Plazas during specific peak Thanksgiving travel periods. More: #FocusOnDrivingFL #ArriveAlive #StateFarmRoadRangers #AssistPatrol @FLHSMV— Florida’s Turnpike (@FloridaTurnpike) November 26, 2019 FDOT adds that the normal morning and afternoon rush-hour periods of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. may be congested with holiday travelers as well as local commuters on their way to work. With that in mind, the agency encourages motorists to schedule their travel away from those peak hours.last_img read more

Head Coach satisfied with U-18 National Team’s Approach and Commitment to Preparations

first_imgFour training sessions are behind the U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Football Federation BH Training Centre in Zenica.The chosen players of Slaven Musa are working hard, which was confirmed to us by the goalkeepers’ coach Goran Brašnić:“If we take into account all the circumstances that preceded this gathering and the break that the players had, we can be satisfied with their approach and commitment to these preparations. They played one match between themselves and everyone did his best. Of course, there were a lot of good things, but also some bad ones that still need to be worked on, but the will of the guys to work is at a high level.”Brašnić also commented on the specific working conditions in this period:“We adapt and respect all the guidelines we received from medical experts, as well as measures related to hygiene and health protection. Surfaces that are often touched are constantly disinfected and the staff at the Training Centre regularly cleans all rooms. We also measure temperature regularly. We take care of many things and we don’t have any problems, so the preparations are going in the best way.”The camp ends tomorrow when anthropological testing of players is scheduled.last_img read more

Devon Still’s daughter applauded at Bengals game

first_imgLeah Still waves during a ceremony in the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Leah, who is battling cancer, was watching her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, play for the first time. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter got one of the biggest cheers on a cold, windy night Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.Leah Still was on the field after the first quarter when the Cincinnati Bengals presented Children’s Hospital with a check for more than $1 million to help with cancer research and treatment. The girl is being treated for cancer.She was released from a hospital in Philadelphia and flew to Cincinnati to see her father play for the first time, sitting in an overhead suite for most of the game against Cleveland.“I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster,” Still said after Cleveland dominated in a 24-3 victory. “Seeing my daughter in the pregame with all the excitement and then seeing her on the field receiving the check and just seeing the joy in her face, I was just so proud of the perseverance she showed to raise that money.”Still wrote “Leah Strong” on his eye black strips. Police officers working the game wore his uniform No. 73 on their backs.Still also has supported Lauren Hill, the freshman basketball player from Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati who has an inoperable brain tumor. Hill played her first collegiate game last Sunday and made a pair of baskets.Leah Still got to meet Hill, a moment that was shown on the videoboard.“Seeing her picture on the scoreboard made me emotional, but somehow I was able to play the game,” Still said. “The most emotional I got was when I looked up and saw her and Lauren Hill and saw they got a chance to meet.”Leah Still flies back to Philadelphia on Saturday and will have more radiation treatment next week. She has had a cancerous tumor removed from her abdomen.___AP NFL website: and read more

BREAKING NEWS: Fire Extinguished on Yacht Docked in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Borough volunteer firefighters extinguished a fire Thursday afternoon that damaged a 44-foot cabin cruiser off of Marine Park.The fire on the  Lou’s Crews’ N, a Carver 44-foot yacht,  first ignited while the yacht was docked in the area of Irwin’s Marine at Marine Park. Irwin workers towed the vessel out of the marina area, sparing other boats and allowing the firefighters easier access, said Fire Chief Tom Doremus, who was on the scene.The fire lasted for about 10 minutes.“It looked like its been charred up pretty good,” Doremus said. No one was on the craft when it started, he said.The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were being investigated by the State Police Marine Police unit, which responds to any fire on the water, Doremus said.About 20 members of the bought’s Independent Engine Company responded. There were no injuries reported, Doremus said.A similar boat would cost approximately $125,000 to purchase new, according to Irwin employee Brad Sergeant.last_img read more


first_imgFUND ESTABLISHED FOR TRAINER AFTER BARN FIRE            The National NHBPA Foundation and the HPBA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early morning barn fire in Kentucky Sunday.The large barn, believed to have been struck by lightning, is one of three at the Reeds. Mercury Equine Center in Lexington. Another 13 horses were saved by the Reeds’ employees who risked going into the burning barn at the private training facility.There are several ways horsemen and the public can help.Donations to the Reeds’ fund through the National HBPA, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) fund are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online via credit card at Checks can be made out to the National HBPA Foundation, 870 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Lexington, Ky. 40503-5419.Donated tack and supplies can be dropped off at Horse Cents or any of three Kentucky HBPA offices: 3729 S. Fourth St., Louisville, 40214, or the backside offices at Turfway Park in Florence and The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Reeds’ close friends Mike Manganello, a steward in Ohio and a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, and Kitty Manganello, at BLACK HOPES SAN SIMEON SUITS ACCEPTANCEWhile the Grade I Malibu Stakes for three-year-olds and the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies, both at seven furlongs, will take center stage opening day Monday, the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on the undercard presents an interesting storyline and a daunting challenge for handicappers.Kenny Black, a former jockey virtually born into racing who now trains, entered Acceptance in the race at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course for owners Finish Line Racing and The Ellwood Johnston Trust.A four-year-old California-bred son of Vronsky, Acceptance won the California Flag Handicap over the same venue by a head last October. Acceptance worked five furlongs on the main track Wednesday in 1:00.40.Acceptance was third by a length in the Cary Grant for Cal-breds at Del Mar Nov. 2, beaten a length after stumbling at the start of the seven furlong dirt race. “It looks like he’ll be facing the same caliber of horses in the San Simeon he beat in the California Flag,” Black said.Stewart Elliott, who has ridden Acceptance in his last three starts, retains the mount in the San Simeon for Black, whose passion for the game never ebbs.“I’ve got 15 head here for this meet including some nice older horses we’re bringing back off layoffs,” Black said, “and I’m really looking forward to that. Desiresoftheheart might be the most talented horse I’ve ever had. She won her only out here by like three (lengths) down the hill about two years ago in her only start.“She did it with a slight stress fracture in her pelvis but we didn’t find out until later, after we had her sold to Peter Miller for $400,000. When the nuclear scan for the vet check was done for the sale four days after the race, they found the injury. She won the race with it, so that was impressive.“I think Insubordination is my best three-year-old. He ran once and got beat a head going a mile on the grass, and when we scoped him after the race he was full of mucous. Burntaroundthedges, who will be six Jan. 1, also is coming back and he outworked What a View here last December.”What a View gave Black his first Grade I win when he won the Kilroe Mile last March 12.Black, recently turned 53, started riding match races when he was eight years old, mostly in Northern California. “They strapped me on a horse with a girth over my legs and tied me onto it with no saddle, Mexican-style,” Black said. “I only weighed 50 or 60 pounds.”The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. HORSEMEN, HORSES KEEP BUSY, RAIN OR SHINE“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” the late Karen Carpenter would sing so beautifully. Any rainy day affects horsemen, but they soldier on, rain or shine.There is no training on the main track in wet weather, so horsemen go to Plan B.“Typically, if the training track is muddy, we just jog, just something to get the horses out of the stall for a while if it’s not pouring down rain,” said 50-year-old trainer Jack Carava, born in Arcadia, site of Santa Anita.“If the rain is too heavy, we’ll walk the horses under the shed row at the barn and keep them from getting wet. On days like today, when it’s not raining too hard, they can go out and jog and expend a little energy.”Carava, whose father, Mike trained in the late 1970s and early 1980s, began his training career with current agent Joe Griffin in 1984, later joining Jerry Fanning. Carava has 21 head in training for the Santa Anita Winter Meet.“We have a pretty diverse barn and I think we’ll be able to run in a lot of different spots,” Carava said. “I have a few young horses, but the jury’s still out on how much ability they have.” ACCEPTANCE BACK DOWNHILL IN SAN SIMEONCHAO CHUM SEEKS ANOTHER UPSET IN LA BREAWALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAYCHAMP STELLAR WIND EYES SANTA MARGARITA CHAO CHUM HOPES TO OVERTAKE SPEED IN LA BREA            At nearly 9-1 odds, Chao Chum upset Enola Gray, favored at 10 cents on the dollar, in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13.Chao Chum drew outside of expected pacesetter Enola Gray that day, but it’s a different story for Monday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Enola Gray drew outside Chao Chum in post seven, while Chao Chum has post six in a field of eight that on paper appears loaded with speed.“Hopefully, we can let Enola Gray go and come outside of her again,” said Gary Stute, trainer of Chao Chum. “I’ve got Kent (Desormeaux), so whatever he does is OK with me.” The Hall of Fame jockey rode Chao Chum for the first time in the Betty Grable upset.The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo, 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit            For more racing and event information, visit or call (626) 574-RACE.center_img DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY        On opening day Monday, Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize is a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and entrance to the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers. STELLAR WIND BACK ON TRACK FOR SADLERStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, went back to the track on a rainy Thursday morning for the first time since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.“We freshened her up but didn’t turn her out,” said John Sadler, who trains the four-year-old Curlin filly for principal owners Kosta and Peter Hronis.“She’s back and looking great and we’ll see if she makes the Santa Margarita.”The Santa Margarita is a Grade I stake at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares four and up on March 18, offering $400,000 in purse money. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor the memory of recently deceased jockey Garrett Gomez on opening day, Monday, with a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. . . . In addition to Santa Anita Wall Calendars and Mathis Brothers Thoroughbred Toy Horses, The Great Race Place will guarantee $1 million in the all-stakes Late Pick 4, which will be comprised of the Grade III San Simeon, the Grade I La Brea, the Grade I Malibu and the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile . . . Additionally, KMN Racing and owner/broadcaster Jim Rome have helped organize a silent auction on opening day featuring a beautiful color print of 2015 Santa Anita Handicap winner and 2013 Eclipse champion 2-year-old male Shared Belief. All proceeds from the print by John Rowe will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The PDJF Silent Auction will take place in the East Paddock Gardens throughout the day . . . One had to look twice at Santa Anita’s work tab Wednesday to see if that old stakes-winning turf sprinter, Caracortado, was making a comeback at age 10. Fact is, he’s not. The horse on the tab was an unraced filly, Caracortada (“a” instead of “o” at the end) trained by Mike Machowsky, the conditioner of the retired Caracortado, who, because of persistent hoof issues, is now “enjoying the good life” in Bradbury after last racing in 2014. “We bought her last spring and she acts like a pretty nice filly,” Machowsky said of Caracortada. “We were trying to come up with a name for her and one of the partners said, ‘Why don’t we name her that?’ I didn’t think it would get through (The Jockey Club), to tell you the truth. Freely translated from Spanish it means scar face or cut face.” Caracortada worked five furlongs in 1:03 . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more