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Navy cites concerns with nuclear work at Newport News shipyard

  Hugh Lessig  Contact Reporter  Daily Press  10 June 18   The Navy has cited a developing shortage of skilled employees that handle nuclear-related work at Newport News Shipbuilding as an important concern that affects current operations and could delay future work if not addressed.

A draft report from Naval Sea Systems Command issued last fall — reviewed by the Daily Press earlier this year — lists problems stemming from a lack of radiological control technicians (RCTs), shift-test engineers and other nuclear trades workers who perform tasks on nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines.

The Newport News yard, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the sole builder of carriers and one of two yards that builds subs for the Navy. It faces a coming boom in shipbuilding as the Trump administration seeks to expand the Navy’s fleet of warships, including a possible bulk purchase of aircraft carriers.

“The potential shortfall in critical nuclear resources is a significant problem that impacts the shipyard’s ability to complete nuclear work today, and could impact successful delivery of ships to the Navy if not adequately addressed,” the draft states……..



June 10, 2018 - Posted by | general

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