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Fairbanks Morse Delivers Engines for LCS Program

Posted on January 25, 2006

Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.A-based Fairbanks Morse Engine recently delivered the second of two Colt-Pielstick, 16-cylinder diesel engines for installation aboard the U.S. Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). USS Freedom (LCS-1) will be the first LCS to join the Navy’s surface fleet and is currently being produced by defense contractor Lockheed Martin at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisconsin. The ship is expected to launch summer 2006 and will be home ported in San Diego, California.

The two Colt-Pielstick 16-cylinder PA6B STC engines manufactured by Fairbanks Morse will provide more than 12 600 kW for Freedom, and will propel the ship by operating independently or jointly with two gas turbines to drive four water jets. Fairbanks Morse delivered the first LCS engine in early January 2006.

“These engines will provide economical, compact, dependable propulsion power for Freedom,” said Norlen Meton, LCS Program Administrator at Fairbanks Morse.

The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile and networked surface combatant, LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions as assigned by Combatant Commanders. LCS will have inherent capability to perform Special Operations Forces support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and Anti-Terrorism protection.

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