GE Marine’s LM2500 gas turbines now power the USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and USS Charleston (LCS 18), two Littoral Combat Ships built by Austal USA that were recently commissioned by the United States Navy.
GE will provide LM2500 gas turbines on LCS Independence variants up to LCS 38. All Independence variant LCS are powered by two GE LM2500 gas turbines arranged in a combined diesel and gas turbine configuration with two diesel engines.
“GE has a longstanding relationship with Austal and we are honored to be the recipient of Austal’s Innovative Supplier of the Year award for our new lightweight composite module,” said Mike Reale, acting vice president, general manager, GE Marine. “Benefits of the module include walls that are 50% lighter than their steel predecessors, acoustics that are improved by 60%, lower lifecycle costs as well as improved access for sailors thanks to doors that are also 60% lighter.”