GE turbines powering US Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship
By Jack Burke22 April 2021
13 Independence-class LCS have been delivered
GE LM2500 gas turbines now power the United States Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship USS Oakland (LCS 24), which was commissioned into the U.S. Navy fleet.
GE is providing 20 LM2500 gas turbines to Austal USA for LCS Independence ships up to LCS 38. Thirteen Independence-class LCS have been delivered to the U.S. Navy with five more under construction at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama, facility. An additional ship is under contract waiting start of construction. All 19 LCS will include two GE LM2500 gas turbines as part of the power plant allowing the ship to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots, making the LCS one of the fastest ships in the fleet.
The USS Oakland’s LM2500 gas turbines were made at GE’s Evendale manufacturing facility, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The commissioning for the Independence-class LCS 24 was held at the Port of Oakland, California. The ship is assigned to the LCS Squadron One nearby in San Diego, with antisubmarine warfare as its primary mission.
GE said 95% of gas turbine-propelled ships in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard fleets rely on GE marine engines. Recently, GE’s LM2500+G4 marine gas turbine was selected to power the U.S. Navy’s Constellation class (FFG 62) frigate. GE also will provide the gas turbine auxiliary skids (electric start, fuel forwarding and water wash systems) and the gas turbine control system.