October 21 2009
The U.S. Navy will commission its newest amphibious warship Saturday at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., reports the Navy NewsStand.
Makin Island (LHD-8) is the eighth and final ship in the Wasp class.
The amphibious vessel is also the first of the class to be built with a hybrid gas turbine engine and electric drive propulsion system, which is expected to save nearly $250 million in fuel costs over the lifetime of the ship, says the Navy.
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