The U.S. Navy and Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, Inc. have agreed to complete the Preplanned Improvement Program (PPIP) for diesel engines installed in the Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships two years ahead of schedule. This decision was made after significant improvements in reliability and maintainability were noted in ships that had received the upgrades. The last four ships of the class will receive the PPIP in fiscal year 2008.
This Preplanned Improvement Program, begun in 2002 at company expense to demonstrate the potential improvements of proven technology upgrades, is being completed at Fincantieri Marine Systems North America service centers in Bahrain; Sasebo, Japan, and Ingleside, Texas. The program reached the two-thirds completion mark when USS Dexterous (MCM 13) completed her
availability earlier this year.
Fincantieri Marine Systems is part of the Lockheed Martin team to supply its Isotta Fraschini-powered Ship Service Diesel Generators (SSDG) for the Flight Zero construction of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Owned by Fincantieri, Isotta Fraschini specializes in the design and manufacture of high-technology, high-powered density diesel engines for
specialized markets such as the military, including the U.S. Navy, Italian Navy, and international navies, as well as most of today’s prominent Cruise Lines.