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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……..http://www.dailypress.com/business/newport-news-shipyard/dp-nws-navy-nuclear-shipyard-20180403-story.html

 

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June 10, 2018 - Posted by | general

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