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50th MT30 gas turbine complete

17th September 2019 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rolls-Royce has completed the 50th MT30 gas turbine, which will now be despatched for the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s 30FFM frigate.

The turbine will be sent to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in Japan for integration into the 30FFM’s compact package engine enclosure. Once installed KHI will conduct an integrated shore trial of the 30FFM propulsion system prior to delivery to the shipyard in Japan next year.

This will be the second MT30 that Japan has received. The two MT30 gas turbines already designated for Japan will form an expected fleet of eight engines for the 30FFM Batch 1 programme that is set to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-classes of destroyer escort ships.

Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce defence senior vice president for the Pacific Rim, said: ‘Japan has traditionally been one of the principal users of Rolls-Royce marine products, particularly gas turbines, so they are a very important customer and delivering the 50th MT30 is a very important milestone. We look forward to continuing to grow the footprint of the MT30 in the region.'

The MT30 is used on  range of naval platforms including the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and Type 26 global combat ship, the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Freedom class variant and DDG-1000 advanced destroyer, the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu class frigate, and the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock.

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