US Navy Environmental Stewardship Outreach Video


– The
nine-hundred-thousand sailors, Marines, and civilians in the
Department of the Navy form the world’s most formidable
expeditionary fighting force capable of maritime defense,
major combat operations, and disaster relief. To maintain military
readiness, the Navy must train the way we fight. – The Navy’s here to
ensure that we protect American freedoms. And we all take the oath
to support and defend the Constitution, and that’s
first and foremost. But, what we’ve learned over
the years here is that we can actually accomplish those
missions and objectives while simultaneously protecting
the environment and being good stewards. – As Stewards of the
Sea, the Navy is committed to protecting the environment
while defending freedom. Environmental stewardship
initiatives include developing clean shipboard technologies,
like advanced turbine propulsion systems and
high-efficiency LED lighting, phasing in biofuels and
nuclear technologies while working to become more energy
efficient, and implementing protective measures and
partnering with regulators and scientists. – These have the
potential to save us literally a million barrels of fuel a
year, if it’s done fleet-wide. It is helping in a whole lot
of ways, but the main reason we’re doing it, is to make
us better war-fighters; is to make us a better
military force. – It’s very
important, I would say, to every sailor on board here. It’s actually something
we take very seriously. – When a ship pulls
underway, its resources are what it has onboard. The more we conserve,
the longer we can sustain operations at sea. – As long as I’m not
assuming risk to my sailors, risk to the ship, safety and
navigation-wise, or risk to accomplishing a mission, then
it’s easy, simply, to steam a little bit more slowly and
not accelerate as fast, or rapidly, the same
way we do in a car. – These efforts will
ultimately save taxpayer money, protect the
environment, and advance energy security by reducing
foreign oil dependency. – So there’s environmental
stewardship and there’s energy security policy and there is
a synergy there, definitely. – With more people
on board than in some small towns, Navy ships are
often called cities at sea. – We cover the full
range of things that you would get in any town in
the United States. We have an airport, we have a
harbor, believe it or not, we have a hospital. We have three restaurants. – We are
a fully-functional public works service. We’re the power plant. We’re the ones that
distribute your water. We pick up your trash. – The Navy compresses
all shipboard plastic waste, which reduces volume
by 70 percent. This effort solves storage
issues while preventing all plastic waste from entering
the ocean environment. – The US Navy does not
put plastics into the water. It’s processed and stored so
we can get it off the ship as soon as possible, without it
having any kind of interaction with our environment
that we’re operating in. – Environmental
stewardship also means protecting marine mammals,
sea turtles, fish, seabirds, coral reefs, and other marine
habitats during military readiness activities. The Navy halts activities when
specially trained lookouts sight marine mammals
and sea turtles. Vessels alter course and
speed to avoid whale strikes, and activities are planned in
a way that avoids coral reefs and other important habitats. – Lookouts tell us
every time there’s a sighting of a marine mammal, whales. Let us know, we move
away from that area. – In fact, just this
morning we had a whale right off the bow. We had to stop what
we were doing. Alter course. Haul out to port, come around
that whale, make sure we didn’t get in her way. – The best way to
protect marine species is to understand them. Every year the Navy invests a
significant amount of funding and support for scientific
research conducted in our areas of operation. – We do projects in both
oceans, Atlantic and Pacific. We do surveys from airplanes
and boats of marine mammals and sea turtles. We also tag sea turtles and
whales with small electronic packages that track their
movements and dive patterns. We put instrument packs out
in the water with hydrophones on them and they record
vocalizations of animals as well as anything else going
on, so the Navy training events, ship movements, even
weather like thunder and wind gets picked up on these
instrument packs. – Ah! Did you hear that? – That was a dolphin?
– Dolphins, yeah! That’s right. Alright!
(Laughter) – Nice! – You have to know what’s
out there in order to be able to assess what your impacts
might be and figure out where the animals are and how
they use their environment. – The Navy partners
with regulators and experts from the scientific
community to study marine species distribution, monitor behavioral responses, and map the seafloor. – The people that we
work with within the Navy are good scientists themselves, so
it’s really nice to interact with them and they definitely
have a good feel of what needs to be done. – As a biologist, what
I see is that the Navy puts a lot of resources into
studying the marine environment, and it’s clear
they’re doing what they can to make sure that their activities
impact the natural environment as little as possible. – We actually know
what their migration patterns are and their breeding seasons
and all that and we conduct our operations as best we
can not to interfere. – The success of
the Navy’s environmental stewardship program
contributes to the success of our military mission, all
while preserving the ocean environment for
future generations. – The ocean is
part of my life. Navigating on that
ocean is my job. Not only is it my job, but
something I absolutely love. – It makes me proud
to be doing what I’m doing to help the environment. Makes me feel like the
Navy’s doing the right thing. – It’s all of our
responsibilities to keep this clean and preserve it
as much as we can. – I don’t think
you can be in the Navy or be in the sea services and you
get up in the morning, come up and see that sunrise and
not feel awe-inspired. It’s simply beautiful. Keeping the ocean the way it
is, is the right thing to do and we’re doing it.

3 thoughts on “US Navy Environmental Stewardship Outreach Video

  1. This is an incredible message to share as I had no idea of the scope of work the Navy performs nor how conscientious they were regarding the environment. Well done.

  2. ummm how can i get these biologist jobs with the navy. i see medical , micro biological, etymological positions, but no marine biology…

  3. I am not sure if I want to join the Army, Navy, or Airforce. The Navy gives great benefits and I will be set with money but I do not know how I will do in a ship. The Airforce is easier than the rest and more relaxed. Not sure.

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