U.S. Representative Elaine Luria (VA-02) visited Fairbanks Morse at its Norfolk service center to see firsthand the skilled men and women at work contributing critical parts to U.S. Navy ships. Fairbanks Morse manufactures fuel-efficient engines for the U.S. Navy amphibious warship and aircraft carrier programs.
“It was a pleasure to visit Fairbanks Morse to personally witness the incredible work done by these hardworking employees towards ensuring the readiness of critical Navy assets,” said Representative Luria.
Fairbanks Morse engines are on Nimitz-class and Ford-class aircraft carriers, including the recently christened John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). In addition, Fairbanks Morse has provided engines for several classes of U.S. Navy amphibious warships, including the San Antonio-class, the Wasp-class and the America-class.
Currently, 377 aircraft carrier suppliers in Virginia contribute more than $1.5 billion worth of parts and services for the aircraft carrier program over the past five years. Amphibious warship suppliers in Virginia contribute more than $175 million worth of parts and services for the amphibious warship construction program in the state.
During her tour, Congresswoman Luria met with employees at the facility to discuss the unique skills they contribute to the industrial base that supplies parts to the U.S. Navy amphibious warship and aircraft carrier programs.
“We’re honored that Representative Elaine Luria chose to visit Fairbanks Morse’s Norfolk service center today,” said Deepak Navnith, Fairbanks Morse President. “It’s incredibly important to have strong advocates for U.S. manufacturing jobs and we greatly appreciate her time and effort in recognizing the hard work and dedication that goes into building engines for the U.S. Navy warships and aircraft carriers.”
ABOUT FAIRBANKS MORSE
For over 125 years, Fairbanks Morse has been powering the world forward with innovative distributed power generation solutions that deliver optimal performance in a wide range of applications from base load and standby in municipal, nuclear, and institutional facilities to locomotive engines, and naval and commercial-class ship propulsion and shipboard power. Reliable and dependable, its flagship Opposed Piston (OP) engine technology has been trusted for decades and has totaled over 100 million operating hours — many units with over 40 years of service. Learn more about how Fairbanks Morse is committed to delivering power where it is needed most in the world by visiting www.fairbanksmorse.com.
ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER INDUSTRIAL BASE COALITION (ACIBC)
The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) represents businesses that supply parts, equipment and services for the construction and maintenance of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Established in 2004, ACIBC seeks to preserve the strength of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the aircraft carrier industrial base as a vital part of the nation’s overall defense structure. Learn more by visiting acibc.org.
ABOUT THE AMPHIBIOUS WARSHIP INDUSTRIAL BASE COALITON (AWIBC)
The Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition (AWIBC) advocates for Congress to provide funding for the sustained and stable construction of amphibious warships vital to the mission of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Learn more by visiting amphibiouswarship.org.