Japanse Maritime Self-Defense Force Commissions First Asahi Class Destroyer

Released on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
GE - General Electric
JMSDF - Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
MHI - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
EVENDALE, OHIO - Two reliable GE LM2500 marine gas turbines now power the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) newest destroyer JS Asahi (DD119). This first of two new destroyers in the JMSDF's Asahi-class destroyer program was recently commissioned by the JMSDF. The ship was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Japan.

"We work in concert with IHI, our longstanding partner in Japan, to supply LM2500 marine gas turbines to the JMSDF for this new destroyer and other surface combatant programs," said GE's Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations. "All of our marine gas turbines provide flexibility to naval architects and designers so mission profiles and speed requirements can easily be met. In this case, the LM2500s are configured in a combined diesel or gas turbine electric arrangement with two electric motors," Bolsinger added.

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.

Source: GE LM2500 Marine Gas Turbines Power Japan's New JS Asahi Destroyer

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