Fairbanks Morse has secured a contract from the US Navy to build and deliver the emergency diesel generator (EDG) sets for two US Navy Gerald R Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
The EDG sets will be installed on the future USS Enterprise (CVN-80) and the yet-to-be-named CVN-81 ship.
The vessels will be the Navy’s third and fourth Gerald R Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
Set to be built at Fairbanks Morse’s manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, the EDG sets are designed to provide mission-critical, safety-related back-up electrical power in the event that the ship loses power.
Fairbanks Morse president Deepak Navnith said: “We are honoured 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.
“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.”
Construction of the sets is expected to start this year and will be delivered to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding division in 2023. HII in Newport News, Virginia, is the contractor for building these vessels.
Following the delivery, the company will support installation, commissioning, testing, and sea trials for the vessels.
Last month, HII Newport News Shipbuilding received a $15.2bn contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 in a block-purchase deal.
The Ford-class warships, which are expected to replace Nimitz-class carriers, feature a nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults.
Besides, the vessels are designed to offer improved weapons movement, as well as an enhanced flight deck that can deliver increased aircraft sortie rates.