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USCG Commissions "WAESCHE"

GE Marine reports that USCGC “WAESCHE” National Security Cutter was commissioned by the United States Coast Guard on May 7, 2010 at its home port of Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California. The vessel is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and two diesel engines in a Combined Diesel and Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system.

Built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding at its Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard, USCGC Waesche previously completed a series of sea trials that proved successful operation of a variety of components including the CODAG system. The vessel’s keel was laid on September 11, 2006 and it was christened July 26, 2008.

USCGC Waesche is the second in class for the U.S. Coast Guard under its Deepwater Program. The cutter is 418-foot-long with a 54-foot beam, and has a displacement of 4,300 tons. The CODAG propulsion system can propel the ship at speeds up to 28 knots. The LM2500 was manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, facility, and the CODAG propulsion system was provided by MTU Detroit Diesel Corporation.

GE Marine is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine products and services, including aero-derivative gas turbines ranging from 6,000 to 57,300 shaft horsepower. For more information, visit ge.com/marine.