USS Simpson (FFG 56)

Small Ship Category



The USS Simpson won the FY 2015  SECNAV Energy award in the Small Ship category for reducing its fuel consumption by more than 2,000 gallons per quarter, including savings of nearly 600 gallons per day while deployed in Africa Command.

Savings were achieved by using NAVSEA energy guide fuel curve charts to identify the most fuel efficient speed to support the mission, and by conducting routine maintenance to increase fuel efficiency and extend the life of operating equipment.

Regular hull cleanings, internal and external water washes to prevent fouling of the engine compressors, regular intake and uptake cleanings to ensure proper air flow, and measures taken to reduce HVAC loads all contributed to greater efficiency. Active communication with Sailors about the importance of these activities to the mission played a key role.