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Fairbanks Morse to power USCG OPC 2

18th December 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Fairbanks Morse has received a contract to deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the US Coast Guard’s second Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase, being built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group.

Under the contract, Fairbanks Morse will provide two FM MAN 16V 28/33D STC diesel engines for the 360ft long cutter. Each engine is rated at 7,280 kW for 14,560 kW of total propulsion power.

The OPC is able to carry an MH-60R or MH-65 helicopter and three operational over-the-horizon small boats. The vessel is also equipped with an advanced combat system and C4ISR suite.

The OPC will provide a capability bridge between the National Security Cutter, which patrols the open ocean in demanding maritime environments, and the Fast Response Cutter, which serves closer to shore.

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