Rolls-Royce honored as Team Freedom LCS supplier of year

Lockheed Martin photograph

Lockheed Martin photograph

Rolls Royce was named Team Freedoms 2017 Supplier of the Year at the Surface Navy Association Symposium on Jan. 9. Pictured (from left to right): Joe DePietro and Michele Evans of Lockheed Martin; Christopher Vaughan and Neil Pickard from Rolls-Royce; and Jan Allman of Fincantieri Marinette Marine

Recognized for their track record of exceptional performance and commitment to affordability, Rolls-Royce was named as the 2017 Team Freedom Littoral Combat Ship Supplier of the Year at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium on Jan. 9.

A long-term Freedom-variant supplier, Rolls-Royce supplies MT30 gas turbines and Mk1 waterjets for the Freedom-variant LCS. Both systems are critical components of the Freedom-variant’s combined diesel and gas (CODAG) propulsion system. At 36 megawatts, the MT30 is the world’s most powerful in service marine gas turbine enabling the Freedom-variant to achieve speeds of 40 plus knots.

“Rolls-Royce has been an excellent partner, repeatedly demonstrating its value to the program and our U.S. Navy customer,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president of small combatants and ship systems. “As an original member of Team Freedom, Rolls-Royce has played an important role in our program’s success, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Rolls-Royce in the years to come.”

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