Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today congratulates the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin-led team on the commissioning of the latest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth.
USS Fort Worth is the second Freedom Class LCS to join the U.S. Fleet and is powered by two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines – the world's most powerful marine gas turbine. A formal commissioning ceremony took place today with the ship's crew in the port of Galveston, Texas.
Tony Wood, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, said: "Rolls-Royce offers our sincere congratulations to the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin-led team on what is such a special day for all involved in the LCS program.
"We are extremely proud to have worked alongside the Navy and Lockheed Martin on the development, sea trials and entry into service of USS Fort Worth and wishCommander Randy Blankenship and his crew our very best wishes on all future missions with this highly advanced ship."
Designed to operate in combat zones close to the shore (littoral waters), each Freedom Class LCS will be equipped with two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines powering four large waterjets, enabling the vessels to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots.
The waterjets, which are among the largest produced by Rolls-Royce, pump water at a combined rate of 25,000 gallons per second – enough to fill an Olympic style swimming pool in 25 seconds.
The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology, building on over 45 million hours of operating experience and reliability. It also has the highest power density of any marine gas turbine - a key factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.
The MT30 has also been selected for the U.S. Navy's DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyer program as well as the UK Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and the Republic of Korea Navy's FFXII frigates.