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GE Marine’s LM2500 gas turbines now power the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS CINCINNATI (LCS 20), which was commissioned into the United States Navy’s fleet on October 5 in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Each of the two GE LM2500 engines produce over 29,500 horsepower, propelling the USS CINCINNATI to speeds in excess of 40 knots or 46 miles per hour. The LCS Independence-class fleet (even number ships) are built by Austal USA at its Mobile, Alabama, shipyard. To date, GE has contracts to provide LM2500 gas turbines for ships up to LCS 38.
LCS 20 is the fifth ship in naval history to be named Cincinnati with the first an integral part of the Civil War; the second served during the Cuban Revolution and the Spanish-American War; the third acting in World War II; and the fourth, commissioned in 1978 and serving during the Cold War.
GE’s LM2500 family of gas turbines is ideal for next-generation programs of the U.S. Navy: FFG(X) frigates and the Large Surface Combatants. With a GE gas turbine, the U.S. Navy has worldwide support whether onshore or at sea, and interoperability benefits with other U.S. Navy and allies’ vessels. GE provides 97% of the commissioned propulsion gas turbines in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard surface combatant fleets. GE has delivered marine gas turbines onboard 646 naval ships serving a total of 35 navies worldwide.