$25M to GDEB to Staff Agency for Nuclear Submarine Maintenance
General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. (GDEB) in Groton, CT received a $25 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00024-10-C-4302) to staff and operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at the Naval Submarine Base New London, according to Robert Hamilton at GDEB. The company will perform project management, engineering and planning, training, inspection, and radiological control services for nuclear submarine maintenance, modernization and repairs.
The contract has a potential value of $78 million over 3 years if all options are exercised. The US Department of Defense incorrectly announced Oct 26/09 that the GDEB contract was for non-nuclear maintenance and repair support at the base’s Naval Submarine Support Facility.
GDEB had been operating the NRMD under a previously awarded contract. The company’s current NRMD staff is around 25 employees, but that number has been as high as 100, according to Hamilton. The NRMD consists of five groups…
Those groups are Ship Repair, Radiological Controls, Radiation Health, Nuclear Repair Coordinators, and Facilities Maintenance.
Ship Repair is responsible for performing repairs to nuclear systems and components; requisitioning materials and providing technical support for nuclear work; manufacturing custom radiological enclosures; and conducting portable effluent tank, relief valve testing and resin/media exchange evolutions.
Radiological Controls is responsible for all radioactive material associated with naval nuclear power plants and with general radioactive material used in radiac calibration. It provides for radiological controls and monitoring of all intermediate maintenance work associated with shipboard nuclear propulsion plant systems and within the controlled industrial facility.
Additionally, the group is responsible for receipt, accountability, stowage and disposal of radioactive material, and provides monitoring oversight and radiological support for the Ship Repair division. It repairs and calibrates radiac equipment; provides radioactive material receipt, transfer and shipping services; and provides multi-channel analyzer and waste curie monitoring services.
Radiation Health is responsible for providing internal monitoring for personnel; and for occupational radiation exposure control and reporting at the Naval Submarine Base New London.
Nuclear Repair Coordinators are responsible for supervising the execution of all phases of nuclear work until the repair and documentation are complete and filed; screening all nuclear jobs to determine the availability of material, personnel and procedures; and coordinating the accomplishment of nuclear systems alternations on tended units and in the nuclear support facility.
Facilities Maintenance is responsible for conducting corrective and preventive maintenance in the controlled industrial facility; coordinating delivery of controlled pure water to tended units on the waterfront; and maintaining and issuing test equipment in support of nuclear maintenance on tended units.