$13.8M to Coordinate Maintenance of US Nuclear Submarines in New London, CT

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(click for SSN 711) General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. in Groton, CT received a $13.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services required to staff and operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at SUBASE, New London. The Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department is responsible for project management, engineering and planning, training, inspection and nuclear services to accomplish intermediate-level nuclear submarine maintenance, modernization and repairs in support of operational nuclear submarines including maintaining and modernizing facilities and equipment and providing off-hull support of submarine maintenance. A couple weeks ago layoffs seemed imminent at Electric Boat for a number of reasons: no new submarine design programs, a build rate of just 0.5 submarines per year, and the withdrawal of submarine maintenance contracts. So we asked GDEB for an explanation of how that last item reconciles with this one, and got an excellent answer from Communications Director Robert Hamilton: “The $13.8 million contract that you reference is the continuation of a contract that has existed since 2000, and which was counted in our workload projections when we estimated the number of positions that would have to be eliminated this year. As our press release on the issue points out, this contract will keep 22 […]

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