The US Navy has selected GE Marine Solutions to deliver its LM2500 marine gas turbines that would power the new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the future USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and the future USS Gallagher (DDG 127).
The two US Navy vessels are being constructed by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The engineering team from GE are collaborating with Bath Iron Works on the LM2500 module upgrade programme.
GE Marine Operations vice-president Brien Bolsinger said: “Each of these sophisticated new surface combatants relies on four powerful GE LM2500 marine gas turbines in a combined gas and gas (COGAG) turbine propulsion arrangement.
“We are honoured that this reliable gas turbine assists with our country’s national security. The US Navy is the largest customer of GE marine gas turbines that are proudly manufactured right here in Ohio.”
The LM2500 is claimed to be the most reliable gas turbine in the market with more than 15 million hours in marine applications, in addition to more than 70 million hours in industrial applications.
The gas turbines are used for the US Navy vessels and the ships of 34 other navies worldwide.
GE has so far provided the US Navy with more than 750 gas turbines that would help power frigates, destroyers, cruisers and amphibious vessels.
The company has nine depot service centres worldwide to offer full overhaul capability for the LM2500 marine gas turbines.
General Dynamics is currently constructing four DDG 51 destroyers, Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and John Basilone (DDG 122), at Bath Iron Works.