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GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that 40 LM2500 marine gas turbines will power the United States Navy’s next-generation of DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The U.S. Navy awarded firm construction contracts to Huntington Ingalls Industries (six ships) and Bath Iron Works (four ships) with options for additional ships.
Each of the DDG 51 destroyers feature four LM2500 engines that will be “Made in America” at GE’s facility in Evendale, Ohio. GE has already provided over 300 LM2500 gas turbines for the U.S. Navy’s existing fleet of Arleigh Burke destroyers. The LM2500 gas turbine modules will use GE’s lightweight composite that offers significant performance advantages over a steel design in terms of weight, noise, access and lifecycle costs.
GE has delivered gas turbines onboard 646 naval ships serving 35 navies worldwide. GE has provided 97% of the commissioned propulsion gas turbines in the U.S. Navy fleet. With a GE gas turbine, the U.S. Navy has support worldwide whether onshore or at sea, and interoperability benefits with other U.S. and allied naval ships.