Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) announced yesterday that it plans to build a $13 million 45,000-sq.-ft. training and service center campus in Chesapeake, Va.

FMD will move its existing service center from Norfolk, Va. The new campus will expand the defense contractor's presence in the region and increase its ability to serve the Navy, Military Sealift Command, and Coast Guard vessels stationed at Norfolk. The new facility will create 50 new jobs when the campus is completed in 2023.

“Training is the forefront of good maintenance practices, and Fairbanks Morse Defense’s training center is incorporating our cutting-edge mixed reality training technology to provide the most comprehensive, interactive marine equipment training solution available,” said Jamie McMullin, FMD president of services. “This location will strengthen FMD’s position as the preferred service solutions and training provider for our core customers while enhancing our rigorous factory certified training programs for our large network of field service technicians.”

FMD’s new training and service Center will include:

  • 13,000 sq. ft. of training center shop space, including four fully dressed workstations featuring four different FMD engines for students to pull apart and reassemble, in addition to dedicated training available on all FMD products.
  • 20,000 sq. ft. of service center space, providing local and responsive full-service capabilities that include equipment overhauls and repairs as well as unit exchange solutions for rapid turnaround. 
  • 6,000 sq. ft. for training center offices, classrooms, break rooms, and conference space.
  • 6,000 sq. ft. for service center offices, a tech library, a service center classroom, and break rooms.

FMD builds, maintains, and services naval power and propulsion systems. For more than 100 years, FMD has been a principal supplier of a growing array of leading marine technologies, OEM parts, and turnkey services to the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and Canadian coast guard. FMD is a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.