Sunday, February 17, 2019

United States Navy News

LM2500  (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE Gas Turbines to Power US Navy's DDG Destroyers

GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that its LM2500 marine gas turbines have been selected to power the United States Navy’s new DDG 126 and 127 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. These new destroyers are being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. “Each of these sophisticated new surface combatants relies on four powerful GE LM2500 marine gas turbines in a combined gas and gas turbine -- or COGAG -- propulsion arrangement,” said GE’s Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations. “We are honored that this reliable gas turbine assists with our country’s national security.

U.S. Navy forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force routinely train together to improve interoperability and readiness to provide stability and security for the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Z.A. Landers)

US Navy: Bigger is Better, but at What Cost?

The U.S. Navy has a balanced fleet, but it wants to grow bigger and better. Will the budget allow both? Maritime Reporter's March 2017 cover story on the U.S. Navy was all about the numbers. There exists several plans to grow the fleet beyond the current number of 308 ships, the Mitre recommendation of 414 ships, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment 340-ship proposal, and the Navy’s decision to grow the fleet to 355 ships, and the Trump administration’s 350. With so many numbers being bandied about, there are even more suggestions on how to get there.

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GE Gas Turbines Power Japanese Destroyer

GE's Marine Solutions reports that the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter-carrying destroyer. The new JS Kaga (DDH 184) is powered by four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines, and was commissioned at the Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama on March 22, 2017. First-in-class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga are the largest surface combatants in the JMSDF fleet. Both feature a powerful and reliable combined diesel and LM2500 gas turbine propulsion system, with the gas turbines using GE’s integrated electronic controls.

The MAN V2833D STC engine, here pictured in its 20-cylinder configuration. Photo MAN

Eastern Selects MAN Engines for OPC

The US Coast Guard will have MAN’s 28/33D STC engines installed as the main propulsion for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. The programme is the replacement platform for the 13 ‘Famous’ class and 14 ‘Reliance’ class cutter vessels, making the order the largest vessel procurement order in the Coast Guard’s history. Lex Nijsen – Head of Four-Stroke Marine – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are very pleased to have won this major order within such a key, domestic market. It’s a breakthrough for us as this is the first time that the USCG has ordered MAN 28/33D STC engines.

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GE Offers Electric Start Systems for Marine Gas Turbines

GE’s Marine Solutions now offers electric start systems for its line of aeroderivative marine gas turbines. Along with lower life cycle costs and improved reliability, military and commercial marine customers will enjoy 60% less in acquisition costs with GE’s electric start system compared to a hydraulic start system. GE scaled the electric start system technology to match the requirements for its popular LM2500, LM2500+ and LM2500+G4 engines. “Our LM2500+G4 gas turbines – the…

John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha  sea trials in October (Photo by Lance Davis/HII).

Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers DDG 113

The John Finn (DDG 113) destroyer was delivered to the United States Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries on December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Powered by GE’s Marine Solutions’ LM2500 marine gas turbines, the ship’s namesake helped shoot down Japanese warplanes during the attack and was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. "GE is proud that our LM2500 marine gas turbines power the first new construction Arleigh Burke-class ship to go to sea in over four years,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE Vice President, Marine Operations, Evendale, Ohio.

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US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program Change of Command

Adm. James F. Caldwell, Jr. relieved Adm. John M. Richardson, Director, Naval Reactors at a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Reactors Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard on August 14. Adm. Richardson, a submarine officer and a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, assumed command of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in November of 2012. In his three-year tenure, Richardson led the command's work to provide the United States Navy with unmatched capability in endurance, responsiveness, and tactical flexibility supporting missions all over the world.

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Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies

Caterpillar Marine has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics company in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well as the expertise to provide meaningful recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses. Headquartered in Virginia Beach…

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Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies Group

Caterpillar Marine has announced  it has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics leader in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s comprehensive software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well as the expertise to provide meaningful recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses.

Lynn Chandler

Chandler Celebrates 25 Years with Bay Diesel

With more than 40 years experience in the engine business, Lynn Chandler, Bay Diesel's Executive Vice President for Chesapeake Service, celebrates his 25th anniversary with the company. Chandler began his journey on a farm in Iowa before joining the United States Navy as a Seabee. In 1979, his military career led him to the Hampton Roads area where he met Scott Wheeler and eventually joined Bay Diesel. According to Bay Diesel , Lynn’s dedication and hard work over the years have…

Capt. James S. Talbert, production officer at Norfolk Ship Support Activity, explains the change-out process of an LM2500 gas turbine engine to Rear Adm. Gregorio Martinez Nunez, Director of Mexican Navy General Staff, as Lt. Cmdr. Vargas interprets. (U.S. Navy photo by Art B. Ladle)

Mexican Navy Delegation Visits NSSA

The U.S. Navy reported that its Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) welcomed the Mexican Navy Delegation to Building CEP-200, Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 21 for a visit to demonstrate how one of the Navy's Regional Maintenance Centers (RMC) operates. NSSA Production Officer Capt. James S. Talbert briefed the delegation on NSSA's RMC shop capabilities and its organizational structure. "We just wanted to show them a snapshot of how our organization runs," Talbert said. The delegation toured several production shops including air conditioning and repair…

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GE Gas Turbines Power LCS USS Coronado

Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) was commissioned by the United States Navy on April 5 at its home port of San Diego, California. GE Marine reported that this Independence-variant LCS is powered by two GE LM2500 marine gas turbines. Named for the California city of Coronado, LCS 4 is the third Navy ship to bear the name of the "Crown City." The first USS Coronado (PF 38), a patrol frigate, served as a convoy escort during World War II. The second USS Coronado (AGF 11)…

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GE Gas Turbines Power USS America

GE Marine reports that the United States Navy’s future USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship recently completed successful acceptance sea trials powered by two GE LM2500+ marine gas turbines. Acceptance sea trials were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico by Huntington Ingalls Industries, nearby its Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard. “The selection of the LM2500+ gas turbines offers propulsion commonality for this first-in-class ship with the U.S. Navy’s USS Makin Island LHD 8 amphibious assault ship. The LHD 8 was the first U.S.

Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative

Bel-Ray Company Inc. announced that it has appointed the Yellow Marine Consultancy for sales representation in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. For more than 60 years, the Bel-Ray Company has produced high performance marine lubricants for everyone from the United States Navy to the largest manufacturers of outboard marine engines. Specialty lubricants have been produced, engineered and developed for virtually every marine application, with products for two-stroke, four-stroke and diesel engines in outboard, inboard, stern drive and jet drive systems.

LM2500 (Photo: GE)

GE to Retrofit Gas Turbines on Eight U.S. Navy Vessels

GE Marine reported that the United States Navy has ordered eight Digital Fuel Control (DFC) kits for LM2500 marine aeroderivative gas turbines. The DFC kits provide for improved gas turbine reliability and maintainability, yielding lower maintenance and reduced long term costs. The eight LM2500s, to be retrofitted, will power U.S. Navy DDG Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The DFC kits incorporate the most state-of-the-art controls available for GE LM gas turbines – a technology now standard on new LM2500, LM2500+ and LM2500+G4 engines.

Logo Bel-Ray/Overton

Lubricant Specialist Bel-Ray Partners Overtons

Bel-Ray Company, Inc. announces an agreement with Overton’s, the leading watersports dealer, in which Overton’s will distribute Bel-Ray’s performance-enhancing marine oils and lubricants. Bel-Ray’s recent launch of their line of specialty Marine Lubricants draws upon a 50+ year history of producing marine lubricants. These items have been sold worldwide to organizations ranging from the United States Navy to the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of outboard, inboard and stern drive engines.

GE LM2500 (Photo: GE Marine)

GE Supplies Turbines for Two U.S. Navy Destroyers

GE Marine reports that it will provide eight LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the United States Navy’s DDG 117 and DDG 118 destroyers, to be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye respectively. Each of the LM2500s will feature engine improvements made through GE’s common engine program, including parts upgrade of the compressor rotor, the turbine mid-frame, the compressor rear frame and the power turbine. By adopting the LM2500 common engine program, the U.S. Navy can leverage the LM2500 industrial volume to control cost…

Richard (Rich) Celotto: Photo credit BMT

New VP of Engineering at BMT Designers & Planners

BMT Designers & Planners (BMT), an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, has announced the promotion of Richard (Rich) Celotto who will take the role of Vice President, Engineering. With almost 40 years’ experience of maritime engineering, Richard has been with BMT for 17 years. Having worked extensively with the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) Ship Acquisition Directorate over the last 12 years, he will use his extensive knowledge of ship design, acquisition, repair and programme management to lead BMT’s growing Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering team.