In October of 2000, the USS Cole was bombed by terrorists in Yemen. Suddenly, seventeen American sailors were killed and and thirty seven were wounded. With a 50’ long hole at the waterline, the ship was in immediate danger of sinking. Fortunately, it remained afloat because of the efforts of the crew and the emergency pumps powered by General Tool Company’s generators, which began working in less than one minute.
We have been supplying these complex, highly reliable generators for more than 30 years. Each DDG-51 contains three generators. Every unit provides up to 4.5 MW of power for all of the Destroyer’s auxiliary power requirements. GTC procures and produces more than 2000 parts for each generator, which is delivered as a complete system ready for installation at the naval yard (and GTC has not missed a delivery date in the 30+ year history of this contract).
The entire product is made in our factory. Our final runoff includes a comprehensive qualification test in our in-house test cell with load banks that ensure that the system performance meets the Navy’s rigorous standards
For the Burke and Zumwalt Class destroyers, GTC also produces radar towers, ammunition hoists and missile launchers, all built as if these vessels depended on them as much as the Cole depended on our generators.