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GE Marine to power and propel UK Navy ships

GE to supply propulsion motors and drive system for three Type 26 Global Combat Ships.



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Updated on 06 Aug 2015 08:29 GMT

GE Marine has confirmed that it has been named as the chosen supplier for BAE Systems to provide the propulsion motors and drive system for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

GE is to supply its electric power and propulsion solution which is designed to meet the demanding and varied operational requirements of the combat vessels. In particular, the equipment is said to be capable of meeting a tough shock rating requirement and provide low noise performance.

Geoff Searle, Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme Director, BAE Systems Naval Ships, commented: "Following on from the Type 26 Design, Development and Assessment (DDA) contract awarded to GE last year, we are pleased to continue the collaborative work to deliver a cost-effective power and propulsion system for the programme. Given GE's track record in equipping vessels with proven naval designs, we have confidence in GE Marine as a reliable partner."

Type 26 Global Combat Ships are multi-mission warships capable of joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare and defence, including complex combat operations, counter-piracy, and humanitarian and disaster relief work. Designed to be among the most advanced modern combat ships in the world, the Type 26 class is powered and propelled by GE technology.

When equipping the new vessels, GE Marine says it found the right balance between technological advancement and maintaining the tried and tested robust design that customers expect.

According to GE, its clients will benefit from an energy-efficient, robust and low noise solution thanks to the use of its advanced anti-vibration technology. The naval design, arc-proof version of GE's MV3000 marine converter provides the variable speed drive, enhancing safety, performance and maturity in the power and propulsion system.

GE says it also plays a key role in 'de-risking' the programme by testing its power and propulsion system at its Marine Power Test Facility.

Nicholas Smith, Marine Solutions Director, GE Power Conversion remarked: "Built on the back of our latest products and technology supplied to the Type 45 Destroyers and QE Class aircraft carriers, we are excited to be playing a role in the new generation of combat ships for our long-term partner BAE Systems and the MOD. We are committed to delivering energy efficient electrical power and propulsion solutions that will meet the future of naval capability."






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