Faith Technologies Project Spotlight: Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)
Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) was founded in 1942 along the Menominee River in Marinette, WI, to meet America’s growing demand for naval construction. From humble beginnings with a contract to build five wooden barges, FMM has grown into a world-class shipbuilder, having designed and built more than 1,500 vessels.
Faith Technologies has been a proud supplier to FMM since 2001. In 2013 we began work with them and Lockheed Martin to install all the electrical systems on Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) needed by the U.S. Navy. We have completed work on seven ships to date and will be partnering on five additional vessels.
The work required on these ships is very unlike a typical electrical project. Much of the work must be done in tight spaces, which makes safety a real priority. FMM has been extremely pleased with Faith’s Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO) and fall protection processes, and has also been able to achieve primary time productivity levels as high as 73%, despite onsite space constraints.
One way we have been able to increase our efficiency and safety is by utilizing our Excellerate manufacturing services to cut all cable before arrival to the ship; this is extremely important, considering that each ship contains nearly 9,000 cables for a total of nearly 1 million feet.
Faith has also added value to the LCS project by entering project data into FMM’s database regarding work completed. This enables them to accurately report to their customer, the U.S. Navy, what percentage of the ship is complete at any time. Other services we’ve provided in these projects included plant control, CCTV, fire and smoke alarm systems, power distribution, Amp voice, HVAC, visual landing aids, and launch handling and recovery.
In 2016, Faith was named the Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship Supplier of the Year for our commitment to delivering high-quality work on time and on budget.
It has truly been a privilege to work on the Lockheed Martin LCS program, and our skilled team is honored to work side-by-side with Lockheed Martin and FMM to build these extremely capable Freedom-variant vessels for the U.S. Navy.