Marine propulsion specialist Fairbanks Morse announced it has been awarded a contract to build and deliver emergency diesel generator (EDG) sets for US Navy’s two future nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the USS Enterprise (CVN-80) and the yet-to-be-named CVN-81.
These ships will be the US Navy’s third and fourth Gerald R. Ford class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and the USS Enterprise is the ninth US naval vessel to bear that name.
Each EDG set provides mission critical, safety-related back-up electrical power in the event that the ship loses power.
The EDG sets will be built at the Fairbanks Morse manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. Construction will begin in 2019 and they are scheduled to be delivered in 2023 to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Fairbanks Morse will then support installation, commissioning, testing, and sea trials for the vessels.