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Rolls-Royce turbines pass acceptance test for Type 26 frigate

By Ryan Maass
Rolls-Royce turbines pass acceptance test for Type 26 frigate
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to provide MT30 gas turbines for the first three Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ships. Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce's first MT30 gas turbines completed their first acceptance test to be used on the U.K. Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Rolls-Royce is under contract to provide MT30 gas turbines for the Royal Navy's first three Type 26 frigates. Also involved in the construction is BAE Systems, which has signed a design and development agreement with Rolls-Royce for diesel generator sets, steering gear and other equipment.

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The Royal Navy's Type 26 is to replace the Type 23 frigate. Company officials involved say the acceptance of Rolls-Royce's gas turbines marks an important milestone for the program.

"We are extremely proud that our MT30 will be powering the Type 26 and continuing a long Rolls-Royce tradition of providing gas turbines to the Royal Navy. We look forward to working with BAE Systems and the Royal Navy on this exciting project," Rolls-Royce Naval president Don Roussinos said.

Once completed, the Type 26 Global Combat Ships will be used for warfighting, maritime security and international engagement. The ships are being designed to have a 7,800 nautical mile range, and reach speeds up to 28 knots.

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"Type 26 will be the backbone of the UK's surface fleet and a strong industrial base is essential to sustaining this naval capability," BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship program director Geoff Searle said.

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