(Evendale, Ohio, July 1, 2010) -- GE Marine reports that it has successfully completed acceptance testing on the first LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD).
GE will supply ASC, Adelaide, Australia -- the shipbuilder in the AWD Alliance -- with six LM2500 gas turbines to power three RAN advanced AWDs. Each Hobart class AWD will feature two LM2500s configured into a COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine arrangement with two diesel engines. The vessels will be built at ASC's Osborne shipyard. The RAN's new destroyers will have the same design developed by Navantia of Spain and used for the Spanish Navy's F100 frigate program.
While on test in Evendale, Ohio, the initial AWD LM2500 demonstrated rated power and verified its ability to operate at other partial power load levels. In addition, critical airborne and structure-borne noise levels were demonstrated for power levels representative of the ships' planned operating profile.
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