GE Marine Equipping U.S. Navy
GE Marine will provide Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A., with two LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines to power the U.S. Navy’s third LCS-Class-Independence variant. Named USS Jackson, the vessel will be powered by the LM2500s arranged in a combined diesel and gas turbine configuration with two diesel engines, GE said.
The 127 m aluminum trimaran LCS is an agile surface combatant that can be deployed independently to overseas littoral regions, can remain on station for an extended period either with a battle group or through a forward-basing arrangement, and is capable of underway replenishment.
In December 2010, the U.S. Navy selected Austal USA as prime contractor to handle construction of the third LCS-Class-Independence variant. General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works -- the prime contractor for the first two ships of this class -- teamed with ship designer and builder Austal USA and General Dynamics/AIS of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
The LM2500 gas turbines for the LCS will be manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, U.S.A. facility, and be delivered to Austal USA in May 2012.
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