Marinette Marine Tests MCM-2 Propulsion Plant

Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wis., recently conducted a successful pre-operational trial of the mine countermeasures ship USS Defender (MCM-2).

The primary purpose of the trial was to test the propulsion plant under full power and to perform essential combat systems alignment.

The wooden-hulled Defender is equipped with four 600-bhp Waukesha main diesel propulsion plants, one 350-hp Omnithruster bowthruster, two 200-hp low-speed Hansome Electric propulsion motors, and two Bird-Johnson controllable pitch propellers. The 224-foot vessel will be deployed by the U.S. Navy worldwide to sweep and neutralize mines.

Marinette Marine Corporation, as one of two U.S. shipbuilders selected to build the MCM vessel, is a fully integrated shipyard capable of implementing all of the program objectives.

Marinette's 70,000-squarefoot ship erection building was specially designed and built to accommodate the construction of MCM Class ships. This massive facility is totally dedicated to the construction of minesweepers, and enables Marinette to produce two MCMs simultaneously in an environmentally controlled area.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 40,  Mar 1989 California

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