APRIL 18, 2013 — GE's Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has signed a contract worth $14 million if all options are exercised with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for a three-year, large electrical refit of the Blue Ridge class command ship USS Mount Whitney. It will be GE Power Conversion's largest electrical refit project for the U.S. Navy.
Under the terms of the contract, the Mount Whitney, the Sixth Fleet command and control ship, will be refitted with an advanced electrical system from GE's Power Conversion business. The project refit includes nine switchboards, including GE switchgear, breakers and control units; three diesel generators; two 550 kVA uninterruptible power supplies with batteries; and a power management system including consoles, a human-machine interface and all necessary software. Most of the circuit breakers, switchgear, control modules and protective devices for the switchboard equipment will be supplied by GE's Industrial Solutions business.
"As a command and control flagship, the USS Mount Whitney has some of the most sophisticated communications and sensor equipment in the world, providing naval leaders with the information they need to direct operational strategy, essentially providing the eyes and ears to the U.S. Navy," said Mike Archibald, global services leader, GE's Power Conversion business. "Through this project, the U.S. Navy will be able to extend the life of its USS Mount Whitney platform instead of building a new ship to replace it, saving money and increasing efficiency through the replacement of outdated equipment with GE's latest technology."
GE is working with Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), based in Charleston, S.C. LCE will help to prepare a shipyard package to remove, replace and reshape bulkheads to accommodate the new upgraded electrical equipment. LCE provides consulting, engineering, applied technology and education solutions for private industry, the Department of Defense and other government organization.