USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives in Sydney, Aug. 14. (U.S. Navy/MCC Hendrick Simoes)

SYDNEY, Australia - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Sydney Aug. 14 for a port visit as part of her deployment in the 7th Fleet area of pperations.

The port visit supports the Great Green Fleet, an initiative created to promote energy efficient systems and alternative resources. The program is designed to increase the flexibility and endurance of warships. While in port, Stethem will host distinguished visitors, including Mr. Tom Hicks, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management), and Rear Adm. Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet, to demonstrate energy conservation methods employed on a guided-missile destroyer.

Destroyers employ a variety of fuel conservation methods, ranging from installing solid state LED light bulbs to operating the ship with one shaft trailing to minimize fuel consumption.

“Maximizing fuel economy increases our range and enables our Navy to be mission ready at a moment’s notice,” said Cmdr. Doug Pegher, USS Stethem’s commanding officer.

Sailors will also have the opportunity to contribute to the local community by volunteering some of their time at a community service event. During this port visit, Stethem Sailors will meet with high school students at the Power House Museum to teach them about various energy conservation measures.

“Community relations are a fantastic way we can continue to foster a positive relationship going forward with our host nation,” said Lt. Carlos Rosende, the ship’s anti-submarine warfare officer.

In addition to supporting Great Green Fleet activities, the Sydney port visit offers the crew some well-deserved time off, and the opportunity to explore the city, sightsee, and enjoy recreational activities in Australia.

“I am really excited about Sydney, I’ve heard so many fantastic things about the city and all she has to offer,” said Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Timothy Covert.

USS Stethem is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and operates in the U.S. 7th Fleet to support a wide range of theater contingencies, ranging from ballistic missile defense to carrier strike group operations.