USS Portland to be Propelled by Fairbanks Morse Engines

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 19, 2018 – Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward - will power the U.S. Navy’s eleventh San Antonio Landing Platform Dock (LPD) class ship that will be officially commissioned as the USS Portland (LPD 27) this Saturday, April 21, in Portland, Oregon.

Fairbanks Morse built and delivered the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) that provide over 31 MW of propulsion power for the ship that will be based in San Diego, California and become part of U.S. 3rd Fleet. The MPDE are four sequentially turbocharged 16-cylinder FM | Colt-Pielstick PC 2.5 diesel engines and are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the United States.

“It’s always an honor to have our diesel engines power a United States Navy or Coast Guard vessel,” said Andrew Smith, leader of Fairbanks Morse’s marine business segment. “We have a long history of delivering battle-proven marine propulsion for ships operating in the most extreme conditions. Our engines often reach 40 years (or more) of service, giving generations of Fairbanks Morse employees the opportunity to feel a strong sense of pride in their work.”

The ship class utilizes Fairbanks Morse diesel engines for its primary propulsion system through two controllable pitch propellers (CPP). The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ship displaces 25,000 tons and will be used to transport and land up to 800 Marines along with Landing Craft-Air Cushion (LCAC), VM-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and amphibious vehicles. Additionally, San Antonio class ships have historically supported anti-piracy operations, provided humanitarian assistance, and participated in foreign disaster relief operations around the world.

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. Approximately 80 percent of the U.S. Navy’s propulsion diesel engines are manufactured by Fairbanks Morse.

About Fairbanks Morse Engine
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, their 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

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

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