BY IAN CAMERON
In a major development by the company, Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply MT30 marine gas turbines to power the next three ships in the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu-class frigate program.
Eight Daegu-class frigates (also known as FFX Batch 2) are scheduled to be built. The first ship being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) was launched at DSME’s Okpo shipyard in June 2016. The second ship will also be built by DSME and ships three and four by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) SNSD. The MT30 gas turbines for ships two and three are due to be delivered in the second half of 2018 and ship four in early in 2019.
The frigates carry out various missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, patrol, surveillance, search and rescue and transport.
“Our continued supply to this program validates our on-going relationship with DSME and HHI,” said Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, president – Naval. “The Daegu class is an exciting program. It is the world’s first frigate to use a single MT30 in the compact package and our first application for MT30 outside the UK and U.S. markets. The MT30 gas turbine has been successfully installed in ship one and is currently successfully supporting the commissioning of ROK Daegu’s propulsion system. We understand that MT30 has powered the ship to meet its full speed requirement.”
The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine technology and builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience and high reliability. It is initially built as separate modules on the same build line as the Rolls-Royce Trent aerospace engines in Derby, England and is then assembled and tested at the company’s Bristol facility in England.
With testing complete, the MT30 engine is shipped to Korea, where HHI Engine & Machinery Division integrate it into the steel enclosure which also houses the air inlets, exhausts and ancillary equipment, prior to installation in the ship.
Rolls-Royce MT30s are in service with the US Navy’s Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship and already successfully powering the Zumwalt class. MT30 has been selected for the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship and is powering the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers.
On HMS Queen Elizabeth the two MT30 gas turbine alternators have now been released to full power. MT30 has been recently selected for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock.