Michigan Wheel Awarded Navy Contract For Carrier And Oiler Propellers

Michigan Wheel Gulf Coast, Inc.

of Pascagoula, Miss., has been awarded a $898,714 contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for the manufacture of four attack aircraft carrier propellers and an additional propeller for a Navy oiler.

The carrier propellers are fivebladed and will weigh approximately 68,500 pounds each. The oiler propeller is a seven-blade design that will weigh approximately 68,000 pounds. Both types will be cast in nickle-aluminumbronze.

Navsea has also exercised an option for four additional guidedmissile frigate (DLG-16 Class) propellers, bringing to 10 the total to be built by Michigan under a contract awarded in mid-1983. The DLG-16 propellers are a five-bladed design with an estimated finished weight of approximately 24,000 pounds each. Exercise of the option clause brought the value of that contract up to $1,081,769.

Michigan Wheel Gulf Coast, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michigan Wheel Corporation, operates a fully integrated foundry, machine shop, and finishing department at the Pascagoula complex, dedicated to the manufacture and repair of large-diameter propellers cast in nickle-aluminum bronze, manganese bronze, and stainless steel.

The plant manufactures bronze wheels up to 110,000 pounds finished weight and stainless-steel wheels up to 14,500 pounds finished weight.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 18,  Jan 1984

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