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USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its largest replenishment-at-sea (RAS) for the 2013 patrol with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), Nov. 30.While RAS’s are nothing new to the Sailors aboard George Washington, the ship received nearly 700 pallets of supplies at once, three times the amount of a standard RAS. This produced a unique and rare challenge for the Sailors of the ship’s supply department.“The biggest challenge was trying to move all these supplies around as quickly and safely as we could.” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Damon Candelarie, from San Leandro, Calif. “It involved a lot of cooperation and effort from everyone. For most RASs we normally have around 200 Sailors helping, however, we needed more than 300 for this one.”George Washington conducts approximately three to four RASs over the course of a month while on patrol under normal operating conditions. Due to certain circumstances, the ship was forced to skip some of them.“Since we were busy operating in the Philippine area to help with [Operation Damayan], we weren’t able to get supplies for the ship regularly,” said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Hai Tran, George Washington’s shipping and receiving leading chief petty officer. “The supplies we would’ve got piled up, so once we could do a RAS we ended up taking everything all at once.”In order to move the supplies to where they belong, each pallet had to be air lifted from Charles Drew’s flight deck to the drop zone on the fantail of George Washington, taken from the drop zone to the hangar bay via aircraft elevator where they were processed and sorted to be sent to various storerooms.“Once the pallets get to the hangar bay we have to sort and catalogue each one,” said Candelarie. “After that, we have to take them down to the proper storage place, which takes about another day or so to finish.”Safety plays a huge role in large ship evolutions like replenishments-at-sea. In order to finish the mission without incident, like any other mission, every Sailor must keep their head on a swivel and maintain good safety practices.“To safely execute a large evolution like a RAS, training and planning play crucial roles,” said Cmdr. Richard Morrison, the ship’s safety officer. “Our procedures are written in blood, knowing and following them is essential. Planning helps anticipate and prevent problems before they occur. But above all else, everyone must be alert and keep searching for hidden dangers.”George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Press Release, December 04, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article December 4, 2013center_img USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS Training & Educationlast_img read more

New York PSC Blocks Plan to Refuel Coal-Fired Cayuga Plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享David Giambusso for Politico:The Cayuga power plant near Ithaca, one of the few remaining coal plants in the state, will not get the approval or the $102 million needed to refuel and keep it viable, the state Public Service Commission ruled Tuesday. Instead, the state approved a proposal from New York State Electric & Gas and National Grid to upgrade transmission lines in the area, which the utilities have long argued was a better and more economic option to maintain reliability for the region.Until recently, the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was unconvinced. In a curious political posture for a governor whose rhetoric on energy is focused on renewable, clean power, his quest to keep the Dunkirk coal plant in Western New York open and his ambivalence on Cayuga brought him into direct conflict with the environmental lobby that has exercised unrelenting pressure on him.The PSC ruled on three orders as part of its decision: one was to not fund Cayuga’s repowering, another was to approve the transmission upgrades, and the third was to approve the plant’s sale to Riesling Power, a Maryland-based energy company. Cuomo’s position was complicated by the need to balance jobs and property tax revenue the plants brought to a struggling region against his promises to clean up New York’s energy supply. Riesling is now negotiating a deal to purchase both the Cayuga plant near Ithaca and a large coal plant in Somerset. Riesling has promised to keep staffing at current levels, though with Tuesday’s decision, it is unclear how long that can be continued, especially since Cuomo has promised to phase out coal in New York by 2020.Cayuga is enjoying a ratepayer funded lifeline through June 30, 2017.For the time being, the state’s decision has saved utility customers roughly $80 million. The new transmission upgrades will cost $23.3 million; refueling would have run nearly five times that amount, or about $102 million, according to figures provided by the state.“We are very cognizant of the potential local economic effects of retiring power plants,” PSC chairwoman Audrey Zibelman said in a statement after Tuesday’s vote. “However, in this instance, the power plant itself does not solve our reliability concerns. Moreover, when we considered the combined lack of benefit to the power grid with the significantly higher costs of the refueling option, we determined it would simply be unfair to ask NYSEG consumers to shoulder both the transmission and refueling expense.”Full article ($): PSC ruling on Cayuga coal plant a big win for environmental lobby New York PSC Blocks Plan to Refuel Coal-Fired Cayuga Plantlast_img read more