General Electric’s (GE) Marine Solutions has shipped its LM2500 marine gas turbine propulsion module to provide power to the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).
GE US Marine Operations vice-president Brien Bolsinger said: “Since 1991, for just the US Navy’s DDG programme alone, GE has delivered nearly 300 of our reliable LM2500 marine gas turbines.
“We use state-of-the-art engine technology, made in the US, to proudly support the world’s most advanced surface combatants.
“We also are dedicated to helping the US Navy modernise and maintain its fleet of surface combatants.”
The new navy vessel will be constructed by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls shipbuilding division and will be integrated with US Navy Flight III upgrades.
The US Navy’s DDG destroyers are equipped with four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines each in a COmbined Gas turbine And Gas turbine (COGAG) configuration.
Arleigh Burke-class DDGs are multi-mission vessels that are able to carry out a wide range of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.
In addition, the destroyers are capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.
Jack H. Lucas is the fifth of five destroyers being built by HII under a contract that was originally awarded to the company in June 2013.
The vessel forms part of a multi-year procurement initiative in support of the DDG 51 programme.
HII’s Ingalls shipbuilding division previously secured a contract modification to integrate Flight III upgrades on-board the DDG 125 in June last year.