U.S. Navy’s T-AKE Engines Under Way
Fairbanks Morse Engine recently shipped three of four engines for ship number three of the Lewis and Clark Class (T-AKE) of dry cargo/ammunition transport ships being constructed at General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California. The fourth engine shipped a week later on December 29th.
The aim of the 210 m long ships is to provide transport of necessary supplies and underway replenishment of US Navy combatant vessels in overseas locations. “The build cycle for these FM-MAN 48/60 engines is roughly four engines (one ship set), every six months” said George Ferriter, program manager Fairbanks Morse Engine.
The four FM-MAN 48/60 engines provide 35.7 MW for main propulsion and ship service power. The first ship, USNS Lewis and Clark, launched in mid 2005 and is due for delivery to the Navy in May 2006.
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