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MILGEM's LM2500 Powers Japanese Vessels

MILGEM's LM2500 Powers Japanese Vessels 29 March, 2018

GE's LM2500 marine gas turbines now power the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) newest destroyer JS Asahi (DD119) and have also been selected to power the United States Navy’s new DDG 126 and 127 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The very same engine powers Turkey's MEKO class frigates and MİLGEM.

Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), this first of two new destroyers in the JMSDF’s Asahi-class destroyer program was recently commissioned by the JMSDF. The second destroyer in this class, JS Shiranui (DD120), was launched by MHI in October 2017; sea trials for this ship are slated for late 2018. In addition to including the aforementioned new destroyer program, the JMSDF uses LM2500 gas turbines for its Izumo-, Kongou-, Murasame-, Atago-, and Hyuga-class ships. 

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