Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) has been awarded a five-year contract from the Navy that makes FMD the sole source for engineering and technical support of the main propulsion diesel engines on the Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) program.

FMD will provide global maintenance and repair services and OEM parts to improve engine performance and increase operational availability. Additionally, FMD's technicians will conduct essential training so that Navy sailors are also equipped to support emergent repair needs for these critical pieces of equipment.

“Supporting our nation’s fleets requires a finely tuned balance of service and speed of delivery. This is something that Fairbanks Morse Defense has mastered over more than a century of configuring the delivery of every customer engagement,” FMD CEO George Whittier, said in a statement. “We manufactured and delivered the main propulsion diesel engines for the LCS Freedom-class vessels, and no one else knows these engines better than our service team. We stand ready to provide the essential services that ensure our fleet is always mission ready.”

Approximately 80% of Navy ships with a medium-speed power application are powered by Fairbanks Morse Defense, company officials said. 

FMD is a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.