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17 March 2016

Italian Landing Helicopter Deck Powered by Rolls-Royce MT30 Gas Turbine

The Italian Navy selected Rolls-Royce to provide MT30 gas turbines to power the new 20,000t displacement Landing Helicopter Deck (LHD) multi-purpose amphibious vessel, an important element of the country’s fleet renewal programme, Legge Navale (Naval Law). The ship will be built by Fincantieri.

The MT30 has been chosen to power several of the world’s major new and progressive naval programmes, including the Royal Navy’s new QUEEN ELIZABETH-class aircraft carriers and Type 26 Global Combat Ship, and the Republic of Korea Navy’s new FFX-II INCHEON-class frigates. It already powers the US Navy’s DDG-1000 ZUMWALT-class destroyers and FREEDOM-class Littoral Combat Ships, which are built by Fincantieri Marine Group, the US subsidiary of Fincantieri. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

We are delighted the MT30, the most powerful marine gas turbine in operation today, has been selected for this prestigious ship,” Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said. “We are also very pleased that the MT30 has penetrated another new market, which is indicative of the confidence placed in the engine’s design and performance by Fincantieri. We are extremely proud that our MT30 will be powering the new LHD and look forward to working with Fincantieri and the Italian Navy on this programme.”

The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology and builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience. It is one of the world’s most powerful marine gas turbines and has some of the highest power densities – a key factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.