Bethlehem Steel Selects Delaval R5 Engines For Two New Navy Vessels

Two 16-cylinder "Enterprise" R«5 medium-speed engines burning heavy fuel will provide the main propulsion for each of two new oceanographic research ships now under construction by Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, Md.

The contract with Transamerica Delaval, Inc., Oakland, Calif., includes the four R5-V16 variablespeed, direct-reversing engines rated at 12,500 horsepower each, two combining reduction gear assemblies and supporting auxiliary equipment. The ships, designated T-AGS-39 and -40, will be operated by the Military Sealift Command in a fleet support role for the U.S.

Navy, replacing older vessels.

The selection of the heavy-fuel engines is indicative of the Navy's recent emphasis on greater fleet fuel efficiency and lower fuel costs. Deliveries of the engine sets are scheduled for July and November of this year.

The R5 is Delaval's latest line of diesel/heavy fuel and dual fuel engines, producing up to 850 bhp per cylinder on inexpensive heavy fuel oil at 514 rpm. Transamerica Delaval is the wholly owned subsidiary of Transamerica Corp. of San Francisco.

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