Fairbanks ships engines for U.S. naval vessel
By Jack Burke17 August 2021
Two 16-cylinder engines to power Freedom-class LCS variant
Fairbanks Morse Engine shipped two 16-cylinder engines for the USS Cleveland (LCS 31), the 16th ship of the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-class LCS variant.
Fairbanks was awarded a contract in 2019 to build and deliver Main Propulsion Diesel Engines (MPDE’s) for the vessel, which is being built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, USA. FME has provided power and propulsion services to the U.S. Navy for more than 70 years and powers more than 80% of the Navy’s ships with medium-speed applications.
Located in Beloit, Wisconsin, Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME) manufactures, assembles, tests, and distributes heavy-duty, medium-speed reciprocating engines under the Fairbanks Morse and ALCO brand names. Fairbanks Morse manufacturing is conducted in its U.S.-based facility. FME sells engines directly to naval marine customers and shipyards. As a principal supplier of reliable diesel engines to the U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Canadian Coast Guard, FME is a division of Fairbanks Morse Defense, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment and a leading provider of reliable marine power solutions.