WASHINGTON,D.C. - The engines to power the U.S. Navy's newest Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship, the LCS 27, will be built in Beloit.
Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, has been selected to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines for the ship. Construction of the engines will begin later this year. Delivery is scheduled in 2019 to Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Fairbanks Morse will then support installation and testing including sea trials for the vessel.
The two 16-cylinder Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesel engines are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the United States. The U.S. Navy has rigorous shock qualification and testing requirements for surface combatant ships and Fairbanks Morse has a proven history of providing engines that meet or exceed all compliance standards.
"Fairbanks Morse has supplied the Navy with military-grade diesel engines for use in mission-critical applications for more than 70 years," said Andrew Smith, leader of Fairbanks Morse's marine business segment.
"We have also qualified many different engine models to meet ABS Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) standards. This rigorous testing regime really helps us to refine and deliver a reliable, proven product that is fit for battle and the arduous operating conditions experienced by our brave U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces around the world," he said.
The LCS 27 will use Fairbanks Morse diesel engines for its primary propulsion because they provide economical and reliable cruising power when the ship is traveling at lower speeds, Smith said. For high speed operation, the ship uses either gas turbines or gas turbines combined with the diesel engines.
The relationship between the U.S. Navy and Fairbanks Morse is a long one, with 75 percent of the Navy's surface fleet powered by Fairbanks Morse engines.