Commissioned late last year, the vessel is the Navy's only hybrid propulsion amphibious assault ship. Its electric drive and other systems saved the Navy $15 million in its first deployment.SAN DIEGO, Calif.--The U.S. Navy's newest amphibious assault ship is also its most advanced. Commissioned last year, the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) has a hybrid propulsion system -- with both electric and gas-powered drives -- that the Navy said saved $15 million in its first, seven-month, deployment.
The Makin Island is 847 feet long, and carries a crew of just under 1,000 Navy sailors and about 1,200 Marines, and is equipped to carry out anything from combat to humanitarian missions.
In this photo, taken in the Arabian Sea, a landing craft air cushion leaves the Makin Island carrying an M1 A1 Abrams main battle tank.