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Producing the fuel at sea means no more at-sea refueling from USNS Oilers. It also means more active time in a combat zone. That is, if they can get it to work as cheaply as they think ($3 - $6 per gallon).
The only catch is that a lot of energy is required to make the fuel. So it would only be feasible from nuclear powered ships. So it would be solely limited to the CVN aircraft carriers and not any LHA, LHD, LPD or '___' ships.
Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?
Not hydrocarbons from seawater, hydrogen and CO2.
In an nutshell, the Naval Research Laboratory has come to the conclusion that it should be possible to extract Carbon Dioxide and Hydrocarbons from seawater and then recombine them into a jet fuel similar to JP-5 while on the go.