WASHINGTON – November 13, 2017 – Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO), has been selected to build and deliver the Main Propulsion Diesel Engines (MPDE's) that will power the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship - the LCS 27.
Construction of the engines will begin later this year and they are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 to Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, WI. Fairbanks Morse will then support installation and testing including sea trials for the vessel. The two 16-cylinder Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesel engines will deliver over 12 MW of propulsion power and 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 missioncritical 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.”
The LCS 27 will utilize Fairbanks Morse diesel engines for its primary propulsion because they provide economical and reliable cruising power when the ship is traveling at lower speeds. For high speed operation, the ship uses either gas turbines or gas turbines combined with the diesel engines.
For over 70 years, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard have turned to Fairbanks Morse Engine to provide quality diesel engines for marine propulsion and ship service systems. Seventy-five percent of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet is powered by Fairbanks Morse engines.
About Fairbanks Morse Engine
Fairbanks Morse is the critical power solutions expert – a strategic partner and a trusted source for application-specific, fuel-flexible power systems that deliver optimal performance in mission critical applications. These applications include power generation -- base load and standby power plants, and emergency back-up power for nuclear plants; and ship propulsion and shipboard power for the United States Navy and Coast Guard and commercial vessels. Fairbanks Morse reliable engine drive solutions also can be found in a wide range of municipal, institutional and industrial applications. More information is available at www.fairbanksmorse.com.
About EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO)
EnPro Industries, Inc. is a leader in sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings, components and service for reciprocating compressors, diesel and dual-fuel engines and other engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide. For more information about EnPro, visit www.enproindustries.com.