Energized! Navy in Hawaii wins top awards

A USS O’Kane (DDG 77) Sailor closes a fueling valve during a refueling-at-sea operation with the multi-product replenishment oiler HMAS Success (OR 304), during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 23. O’Kane, homeported at JBPHH, was selected as the top surface combatant ship for surface combatant medium/large category in energy excellence. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of USS O’Kane Public Affairs

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Four Hawaii-based Navy commands were winners of the Secretary of the Navy (SEC NAV) Energy Awards program, it was announced last week Aug. 2, in Washington D.C.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) won the Department of the Navy Energy Excellence Award for fiscal year 2018 in the large shore command category along with several other commands in different categories.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77), homeported at JBPHH, was selected as the top surface combatant ship for surface combatant medium/large category in energy excellence.

Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Tumlinson expressed pride in his crew.

“The Sailors of USS O’Kane demonstrated innovation and commitment, creating an effective plan that achieved desired results,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of their efforts to increase energy efficiency.”

O’Kane’s Chief Engineer Lt. Ryan Donohue was pleased with the efforts of the crew to become more energy efficient, noting that it was this concentrated effort that ultimately led to O’Kane winning the award.

“We’ve done everything we can to reduce our energy usage like strictly following fuel charts, operating the ship at the most efficient configuration down to specific pumps and machinery, and swapping all of our lights for energy-efficient LED lights,” he said.

“All of these efforts were small but incredibly effective to conserving energy when combined together.”

In addition to the SECNAV award winners, two other Hawaii commands achieved the gold level, indicating an excellent energy program. The Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, on Kauai and the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) at JBPHH were recognized.

In a message of congratulations, Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of Navy, said, “Improving the energy resiliency and security of our operating forces and our installations remains a top priority and I look forward to all your future accomplishments in support of this critical program. Bravo Zulu!”

The Department of the Navy’s (DON) Energy Excellence Awards program promotes excellence in the areas of energy security, new technology, innovation, program management, and efficiency across the DON.

This year’s submissions reflect the hard work and dedication of leaders across the department that recognize the importance of energy security and its influence on readiness, lethality and modernization.

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