GE Marine LM2500 gas turbines now power the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), which was commissioned into the United States Navy’s fleet.
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 mph. The LCS Independence-class fleet (even number ships) are built by Austal USA at its Mobile, Alabama, USA, shipyard. To date, GE has contracts to provide LM2500 gas turbines for ships up to LCS 38.
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.
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.