GE to power UK Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 combat ships
General Electric (GE) Marine has received a contract to deliver its electrical power and propulsion to the next-generation Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCS) of the UK Royal Navy.
Under this order, GE will deliver its advanced and reliable electric power and propulsion solution that meets various operational requirements.
The Type 26 multi-mission warships, which will be constructed by BAE Systems, are being designed to conduct multinational missions, including complex combat operations, counter-piracy and humanitarian, and disaster relief work.
BAE Systems Naval Ships Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme director Geoff Searle said: "Following on from the Type 26 Design, Development and Assessment (DDA) contract awarded to GE last year, we are pleased to continue the collaborative work to deliver a cost-effective power and propulsion system for the programme.
"Given GE's track record in equipping vessels with proven naval designs, we have confidence in GE Marine as a reliable partner."
Construction of the first vessel is scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be commissioned after 2020.
The Royal Navy is expected to receive 13 ships that are likely to replace ageing Type 23 Duke-class ships.
With the advanced anti-vibration technology, the navy vessels will benefit from an energy-efficient, robust, and low noise solution.
Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce secured a contract to provide the MT30 gas turbine packages for the Royal Navy's first three Type 26 GCS.
The MT30, which produces 36 to 40MW, features the highest power density, delivering a high power output.
The first turbine package is expected to be delivered in late 2016.
Image: The UK Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ships will replace ageing Type 23 Duke-class ships. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.