GE LM2500 Gas Turbines Power Newly-Christened Coronado Austal Trimaran Littoral Combat Ship
February 14, 2012
EVENDALE, Ohio -- GE Marine announces its LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines now power the United States Navy's Coronado, trimaran Littoral Combat Ship. Coronado -- the second Austal USA-built LCS -- was recently christened at Austal USA's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard.
The Coronado is powered by two LM2500s arranged in a CODAG configuration with two diesel engines. GE will provide Austal USA with eight LM2500 gas turbines for the Independence-variant LCS program, part of a contract for up to 10 ships over a five-year period. This past summer, Austal USA celebrated the cutting of metal on Jackson, the third Austal LCS, also powered by two LM2500s in a CODAG arrangement.
The 127-meter aluminum trimaran LCS is an agile surface combatant that can be deployed independently to overseas littoral regions, can remain on station for an extended period either with a battle group or through a forward-basing arrangement, and is capable of underway replenishment.
All the LM2500 gas turbines for the Austal LCS program were or will be manufactured at GE's Evendale, Ohio, facility.
GE Marine, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of marine products and services, including aeroderivative gas turbines ranging from 6,000 to 57,300 shaft horsepower. For more information, visit ge.com/marine.
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