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Two diesel generators for New Orleans (LPD 18) were energized for the first time on Nov. 15 at Northrop Grumman's shipyard here, providing electrical power for many of the ship's systems. This significant schedule milestone was accomplished less than three months after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region. Participating in the milestone event were, (l-r) Brad Skillman, LPD 18 prospective commanding officer; Allen Summerall, LPD 18 chief engineer; and Frank Laska, ship's test engineer for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, who started up the generators.

The all-electric auxiliaries, including heating and electric water heaters, and the zonal electrical distribution system will be powered by five 2500 KW diesel generators. The electrical plant for the San Antonio LPD 17-class is a significant improvement on efficiency over previous designs and will lead to reduced maintenance requirements.

"EGLO (electric generator light-off) allows us to continue moving forward with the next stages of testing," said Phil Woods, LPD 18 ship director. "I'm very proud of the cooperation and hard work we got from everyone involved on the LPD 18 team, and we look forward to the next major milestone in the evolution of this ship."

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems includes primary operations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.; and in New Orleans and Tallulah, La., as well as in a network of fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. Ship Systems is one of the nation's leading full-service systems companies for the design, engineering, construction and life-cycle support of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies.

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          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
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