Rolls-Royce to power US Navy oilers
Rolls-Royce will supply equipment to power and propell the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class, under a contract announced on 17 October.
The company will supply two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets to power on-board systems, and two Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) for each ship.
The contract covers the first ship, with options for five more, in a project which plans to see 17 new ships built. Equipment for the lead ship is scheduled for delivery in 2018.
The John Lewis class of vessels will transfer fuel to US Navy surface vessels around the globe. Each ship will have capacity to carry 156,000 barrels of fuel oil, and will also have significant dry cargo capacity and aviation capability.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, president – naval, said: ‘We are extremely proud to have been chosen to supply mission critical power and propulsion equipment to the US Navy’s new fleet of replenishment oilers. This contract renews our long-standing relationship with General Dynamics’ NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, where construction of the first vessel will commence next year.’
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