Aegis Missile Cruiser 'Leyte G u l f / II 0 0 t h G E - P o w e r e d U.S. N a v y Ship, D e l i v e r e d By Ingalls Shipbuilding

The USS Leyte Gulf, a Ticonderoga (CG 47) class Aegis guided missile cruiser, and the 100th U.S. Navy ship powered by GE LM2500 engines, was recently signed over to the U.S. Navy by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton. The USS Leyte Gulf will be part of the Navy's seventh fleet and will operate out of Mayport, Fla.

Admiral Metcalf, Deputy of Naval Operations for Surface Warfare, described the USS Leyte Gulf as "pound for pound, the most potent warship afloat." The cruiser is equipped with the most sophisticated radar and weapon systems available, including the Aegis radar detection, tracing, and fire control system.

Powered by four LM2500s, the USS Leyte Gulf is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots.

The LM2500 has been selected by the U.S. Navy and 16 other navies around the world for applications including patrol hydrofoil missileships, guided missile frigates, Spruance (DDG 963) and Kidd (DDG 993) class destroyers, and the new Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class Aegis destroyers.

On-shore applications for the LM2500 include electrical power generation, cogeneration, electrical drives, and gas and oil pipeline transmission. More than 800 LM2500s have been sold or ordered for marine and industrial applications around the world.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 48,  Dec 1987 Oscar Slingerland

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