Navy test ship for biofuel completes first trip

By the Associated Press | November 17, 2011 | 7:25 PM EST

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says its largest test of alternative fuel use was a success with the safe arrival of a destroyer powered by a mix of algae-based fuel and petroleum.

The Paul F. Foster ship arrived Thursday morning to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme in Southern California after traveling for 17 hours on a maiden trip from San Diego.

Officials say the test on the decommissioned destroyer was a major milestone for the Navy aiming to cut its fossil fuel use in half over the next decade. The Navy plans to incorporate what it calls a "Great Green Fleet," entirely run on alternative fuels by 2016.

The Navy says the destroyer performed the same as when it runs on fossil fuel.