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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Awarded for Being Green

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100422-20

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amy Kirk, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At sea (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN) (IKE) is a winner of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Quality Award in the large ship category for 2009. A formal recognition ceremony was held April 22 during IKE's Earth Day celebration.

The CNO Environmental Quality Award is presented to ships Navywide annually that exemplify environmental stewardship.

"This award is reflective of the entire crew and their commitment to being good stewards of the environment," said Commanding Officer Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne. "We have a responsibility as mariners to be guardians of the sea. This is where we work and live and, in my mind, we have a sworn duty to protect it."

To win the award, the crew demonstrated the command's efforts to comply with existing environmental standards to minimize potential for discharges into the environment and reduced overall environmental impact both in port and at sea.

"It's an all-hands effort, of course," said Lt. Tom Nelson, IKE's assistant safety officer and industrial hygienist. "The most basic of things like separating trash properly, not pouring hazardous materials down the drain, and minimizing use of hazardous materials has an impact."

Nelson added that when looking at the larger level programs, Engineering Department and Reactor Department played very key roles in minimizing or eliminating solid waste, oily waste and air emissions to the environment.

"We continually stress the importance of observing the commanding officer's standing orders regarding pumping of bilges overboard when underway," said Lt. Cmdr. Jim Von St. Paul, IKE's main propulsion assistant. "Our commitment to environmental awareness does not cease when we're in port however. Whether in Norfolk or while visiting foreign ports, we always strive to avoid even the slightest inadvertent discharge of oil overboard."

While Engineering and Reactor departments played a huge part, winning this award also took the effort of the entire crew. IKE Sailors played a major part by separating trash and ensuring hazardous material were disposed of properly.

"Winning this award signifies that we are doing it right," said Nelson. "It also demonstrates that the organization is environmentally minded and that we are truly tracking toward the vision to reduce our collective carbon footprint, and committed to securing healthy futures and sustainable natural resources for generations to follow."

Eisenhower is underway as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). Operations in the 5th Fleet AOR are focused on reassuring regional partners of the coalition's commitment to help set conditions for security and stability. U.S. forces maintain a naval and air presence in the region that deters destabilizing activities while safeguarding the region's vital links to the global economy.

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