The United States Navy just completed the maiden voyage of the USS Makin Island. The ship is of the WASP-class multipurpose amphibious assault ship.
Built by Northrop Grumman, this ship is designed to support both wartime and peaceful humanitarian support. It was delivered to the Navy on April 16th and is going to be commissioned on October 24th in San Diego.
Underneath its hood (excuse the car comparison) it is drive by gas turbines and electric motors, making it the world’s first “green” naval vessel. There is a nice video showing the new hybrid insides and all-electric drive.
This ship was designed to spend a lot of time off-shore to support operations such as troop landings and even relief of natural disasters such as massive destruction of tsunamis.