Navy goes green with new hybrid ship

Makin Island expected to save millions in fuel costs

By Steve Liewer
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
2:00 a.m. September 15, 2009

The new amphibious assault ship Makin Island sailed off the coast of San Diego before pulling into North Island Naval Air Station yesterday. - Eduardo Contreras / Union-TribuneTHE MAKIN ISLAND
Length: 847 feet
Displacement (weight) when full: 46,295.2 tons
Accommodations: Maximum of 1,204 sailors and 1,687 Marines
Maximum speed: 23 mph
Keel laid: Feb. 14, 2004
Christening: Aug. 19, 2006
Commissioning: Oct. 24
Motto: “Gung hoâ€