Fairbanks Morse providing backup diesel gen-sets for U.S. Navy carriers

Fairbanks Morse will build and deliver emergency diesel generator (EDG) sets for two future U.S. Navy nuclear-power aircraft carriers, the company announced this week.

The Wisconsin-based engine firm was awarded the contract to supply the diesel gen-sets for the Navy’s third and fourth Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear-power carriers. Each emergency genset will provide backup electricity should the ship lose power.

“We are honored to have earned the Navy’s trust over the past seven decades and we are committed to continue earning that trust through the delivery of these EDG sets,” said Deepak Navnith, president of Fairbanks Morse. “The employees at Fairbanks Morse are very proud of our role in providing critical equipment for these ships so the crew can focus on their critical mission of maintaining freedom of the seas.”

The EDG sets will be built at the Fairbanks Morse manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. Construction will begin in 2019 and they are scheduled to be delivered in 2023 to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Fairbanks Morse will then support installation, commissioning, testing, and sea trials for the vessels.

Fairbanks Morse engines are installed on approximately 80 percent of U.S. Navy ships that have medium speed power applications, according to the company.

(Rod Walton is content manager for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and rod.walton@clarionevents.com).

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