Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME), a division of Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), Beloit, Wis., shipped two main propulsion diesel engines for the Navy’s Earl Warren (T-AO 207) on June 13, 2021. These are the fifth and sixth engines Fairbanks Morse Engine has made for the T-AO program. The Earl Warren is a fleet replenishment oiler for the U.S. Navy.
The engines are traveling from Beloit, Wis., to FME’s customer National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) in San Diego via railroad. Upon arrival, they will be installed in the hull of the ship.
The engines feature common rail (CR) technology, which provides an advanced control system to deliver precise amounts of fuel throughout all engine operations. Common Rail technology can be used on engines for both propulsion and auxiliary applications and provides improved engine performance, increased fuel efficiency, reduced engine noise, and lower emission levels in comparison to their mechanically injected counterparts.
Fairbanks Morse Engine manufactures the largest diesel engines available in North or South America, company officials said. Engines like these four-stroke diesels are the heart of any medium or large ship.