USCG’s New Cutter Powered by GE

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January 15, 2015

  • Hamilton enroute to commissioning (photo courtesy of HII)
  • LM2500 (Image courtesy of GE)
  • Hamilton enroute to commissioning (photo courtesy of HII) Hamilton enroute to commissioning (photo courtesy of HII)
  • LM2500 (Image courtesy of GE) LM2500 (Image courtesy of GE)
GE LM2500 gas turbine-powered National Security Cutter Hamilton commissioned by United States Coast Guard 
National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) was commissioned by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on December 6, 2014, at its home port of Charleston, S.C. GE Marine reports that the vessel is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and two diesel engines in a Combined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system.
Constructed in Pascagoula at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division, Hamilton previously completed a series of sea trials that proved the successful operation of a variety of components including the CODAG system. 
Hamilton is the fourth in class for the USCG cutter program. The ship is 418-foot-long with a 54-foot beam, and has a displacement of 4,300 tons. The LM2500 was manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, facility.
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