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GE Marine Gas Turbines To Power U.S. Navy Vessels

Posted on August 31, 2010

GE Marine’s LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines will be used to power the U.S. Navy’s new Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. GE has received orders for the first three of an expected nine ships, which are being built as part of the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 program.

The DDG 51 program already has 57 destroyers and five additional ships under construction, all of which are powered by GE’s LM2500 gas turbines, said Brien Bolsinger, GE Marine’s general manager.

General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, U.S.A., and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.A., are building the new vessels for the program. GE will supply four turbines per vessel. GE’s contract includes the LM2500 gas turbine, base and enclosure assembly, pneumatic starter and single cooler lube storage and conditioning assembly.

GE’s Evendale, Ohio, U.S.A., facility will manufacture and test the LM2500 gas turbines, which will be delivered for the first three ships in 2011 with all shipments complete by 2013.

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