United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro Commissioned; Powered by GE LM2500 Gas Turbine
GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the United States Coast Guard commissioned Munro, a new National Security Cutter (NSC), on April 1 in Seattle, Washington. All of these new Legend class cutters use the same reliable COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system featuring one GE LM2500 gas turbine and two diesel engines.
A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Seattle is underway while the Coast Guard Cutter Munro enters Elliott Bay on its way into Seattle Mar. 29, 2017. The Munro is the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard press release, Munro is the fourth NSC to be homeported on the West Coast in Alameda, California. It was commissioned in Seattle to honor the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro (1919–1942). He is buried in the veterans’ section of Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Washington; Munro was a former South Cle Elum resident.
On March 4, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard’s seventh NSC Kimball was christened. The LM2500 gas turbines used for the NSCs were manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, facility. Worldwide, more than 1,400 GE gas turbines log over 14 million hours serving 35 navies on 500 naval ships for 100 military ship programs ranging from patrol boats, destroyers and cruisers to corvettes, frigates, amphibious ships and aircraft carriers.