GE Marine Solutions said its LM2500 marine gas turbines now power the U.S. Navy’s USS Manchester (LCS 14).
This Littoral Combat Ship was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.
Each of the two LM2500 engines produces over 29500 hp, propelling theÂ USS ManchesterÂ to speeds of 40+ knots or 46 mph. To date, GE has contracts to provide gas turbines for ships up to LCS 30 (even ship numbers are AustalÂ IndependenceÂ class ships). In addition, Austal is one of five shipyards that have been awarded a concept design contract for the U.S. Navyâ€™s new missile guided frigate FFG(X), based on theÂ IndependenceÂ class LCS.
Sister shipÂ USS CincinnatiÂ was recently christened in Mobile, Alabama, USA, at the Austal USA shipyard. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is the hometown of GE Aviation and the manufacturing hub for the LM2500 marine gas turbines that power these surface combatants.
USS ManchesterÂ is the 12th littoral combat ship delivered to the U.S. Navy and the seventh LCS of theÂ Independence class. TheÂ IndependenceÂ class features a unique hull design and large flight deck.Â USS ManchesterÂ will be the ninth LCS homeported in San Diego, California, USA.
GE has delivered gas turbines onboard 646 naval ships serving 35 navies worldwide. The U.S. Navy is GEâ€™s largest marine gas turbine customer, with more than 700 LM2500 family engines. 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.