OTTAWA, CANADA - GE Marine continues to provide service and logistics support for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet of LM2500 gas turbines, the company reported today at the CANSEC 2019 trade exhibition.

“Under a contract with Public Services and Procurement Canada now in its 18th year, GE continues to provide maintenance and logistic support services for the 24 LM2500 gas turbines that power the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class of frigates,” said Mike Reale, Acting Vice President, General Manager, GE Marine, Evendale, Ohio. “GE’s best-in-class, proactive support services result in an impressive 99.9% availability for Canada’s LM2500, ensuring that these engines are well maintained through end-of-life,” Reale added.

GE’s service and support approach uses OEM-quality parts and procedures. For example, internal inspections of the fleet power turbines ensure the health of the LM2500 fleet remains optimum.  GE’s preventative care could not be possible without its maintenance-friendly split casing design that allows for in-situ inspection and repair capabilities that reduce lifecycle costs. This design approach eliminates the need for a disruptive and costly engine removal. 

GE’s service and logistic support agreement with the Royal Canadian Navy includes onsite technical support 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, as well as:

  • Repair, overhaul and engineering support
  • Parts warehousing and inventory management (including spare engines, supply of spare parts and replenishment of inventory)
  • Field service representative support (home port and deployed)
  • Support of Royal Canadian Navy naval engineering school training curriculum for on-engine and equipment maintenance
  • Operational level maintenance
  • Configuration management
  • Supply and distribution of technical manuals

GE’s unparalleled global support network ensures Canada receives consistent and responsive support for their Halifax fleet of LM2500s no matter where they are operating in the world.  

Wide range of power to match mission profiles

GE’s suite of six propulsion gas turbines can meet any mission profile with power options from 4.6 megawatts to 52.7 MW: LM500 (4.6 MW), base LM2500 (25.1 MW), LM2500+ (30.2 MW) and LM2500+G4 (35.3 MW), as well as the LM6000PC (46.1 MW) and LM6000PG (52.7 MW) gas turbines.

In addition to the Royal Canadian Navy, 34 other navies worldwide rely on GE’s LM2500 family of engines. This global fleet of GE gas turbines sets the benchmark for reliability thanks to over 16 million operating hours logged in the marine environment and another 90 million in industrial applications.

GE’s new lightweight composite module has the following additional advantages versus a steel enclosure: walls are 50% lighter, acoustics are improved by 60%, the outer wall temperature is 25°F to 50°F cooler which also means less heat is emitted into the engine room, and access is improved for the sailors thanks to doors that also are 60% lighter.

The initial application for this lightweight module will be onboard the future USS Ted Stevens DDG 128, the 78thArleigh Burke-class destroyer for the United States Navy. This surface combatant will feature four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines and will be constructed by Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Austal USA quickly adapted the weight-saving composite enclosure and will now incorporate this new module on the Littoral Combat Ship #32 (the future USS Santa Barbara) and up. A number of other U.S. and international programs also are very interested in this new module design.

GE’s marine gas turbine business is part of GE Aviation and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. GE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine propulsion products, systems and solutions including aeroderivative gas turbines ranging from 6,100 to 70,656 shaft horsepower/4.6 to 52.7 megawatts. These gas turbines reliably operate the world over in some of the most arduous conditions in temperatures ranging from -40 to 120 degrees F/-40 to 48 degrees C. For more information, visit ge.com/marine.

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For further information, contact:  Lela R. Katzman, Full Spectrum Communications, tel: +1-518-785-4416, email: [email protected]