Fairbanks Morse has received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin to build and deliver the Main Propulsion Diesel Engines (MPDEs) for the U.S. Navy’s 16th Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, USS Cleveland (LCS-31).
USS Cleveland will receive two 16-cylinder FM | Colt-Pielstick PA6B Sequentially Turbo Charged (STC) diesel engines; which provide over 6 MW of propulsion power each and are among the largest medium-speed diesel engines manufactured in the United States. The vessel will rely on the Fairbanks Morse engines for its low-speed cruising and mid-range speed propulsion demands.
STC technology provides the engine with a higher degree of fuel efficiency when operating at lower speeds than engines with a non-variable turbocharging capacity. At higher speeds, the engines will augment gas turbines to achieve the ship’s full speed.
“Marine engines and power generation for today’s high-tech armed forces require manufacturing excellence and technical innovation that never fails,” said Fairbanks Morse CEO, George Whittier. “We are proud to continue our partnership with the U.S. Navy by ensuring the highest standards of critical power support at sea, which helps America’s servicemen and women carry out their missions at home and abroad.”
Fairbanks Morse engines are installed on approximately 80% of U.S. Navy ships that have a medium speed power application.