The U.S. Coast Guard has selected Fairbanks Morse to produceÂ diesel propulsion engines for the military branchâ€™s offshore patrol cutter that isÂ scheduled for sea deployment in 2021.
Fairbanks Morse said WednesdayÂ itÂ will buildÂ FM-MAN 16V 28/33D diesel engines for the firstÂ OPC vesselÂ thatÂ Eastern Shipbuilding GroupÂ will build for the Coast Guard.
The 360-foot-long cutter will be builtÂ to provide a capability bridge between the National Security Cutter and the Fast Response Cutter as the service branchÂ performs search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security and defense missions.
Fairbanks Morse President Marvin Riley noted that the company has providedÂ engines for propulsion and shipboard power to the U.S. armed forces for more than 90 years.
The Coast Guard expects to receive nineÂ OPCs from Eastern Shipbuilding and plans to procure an additional 25 cutters to replace the branch’s legacy fleet of Medium Endurance Cutters.