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    NUWC Keyport lends hand to Kings Bay partners

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    Story by Lonnie Collier 

    Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport

    Several NUWC Division Keyport organizations rallied to support Trident Refit Facility-Kings Bay, Georgia, when it suffered a relief valve failure on their bottle booster assembly in late March.

    The assemblies fill flasks with nitrogen to prime buoys for the submarine force’s emergency operations.

    This caused the inability of TRF King’s Bay to the fill flasks, which prevents the completion of the building of buoys used for the submarine fleet. If not repaired, it could’ve stalled submarine deployments and underways.

    “The team identified a primary path to provide pre-pressurized elevator assemblies to TRF King’s Bay, a parallel path to help restore the existing TRF King’s Bay assembly, and a contingency plan in the event the first two resolutions were unsuccessful,” said Dan Lowney, Undersea Warfare Systems Engineering Division Head. “The primary path required intensive, down-to-the-hour coordination between many different organizations. We had to expedite the completion of two elevator assemblies that were in progress, including the completion of pressure test conducted by the Keyport [Intermediate Maintenance Activity].”

    Components for the assemblies were returned for tagging, including an emergent replacement of a component and re-testing of a unit following a discrepancy noted in post-test inspection. Next, the elevator assemblies were released to the In Service Engineer Agent through coordination between the Depot and Naval Sea Logistics Center.

    The ISEA worked with the Keyport Intermediate Maintenance Facility to get the elevator assemblies pressurized, then worked with NSLC to get the pressurized assemblies ready for shipment.

    The result, TRF Kings Bay resumed operations and their submarines could continue their mission. Constant communication between departments and various handoffs of hardware were imperative to success, requiring an extraordinary effort by all involved parties.

    “This issue is an example of Keyport’s drive to satisfy the fleet’s needs. When TRF Kings Bay IMA raised the issue, the ISEA immediately requested assistance from the Keyport IMA and Depot, and a meeting was held that afternoon to kick off the investigation,” said Jeremy Asmussen, Code Undersea Emergency Communications Division Head. “Within 24 hours, a plan was developed along with two backups. As a supervisor, I was proud with how quickly everyone was able to come together across departments to solve a fleet issue. The actions taken by all involved really shows that the fleet needs come first here at Keyport.”

    About Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport
    NUWC Keyport provides advanced technical capabilities for test and evaluation, in-service engineering, maintenance and industrial base support, fleet material readiness, and obsolescence management for undersea warfare to expand America’s undersea dominance.



    Date Taken: 06.01.2021
    Date Posted: 06.01.2021 18:40
    Story ID: 397893
    Location: KEYPORT, WA, US 
    Hometown: HAWTHORNE, NV, US
    Hometown: HONOLULU, HI, US
    Hometown: KEYPORT, WA, US
    Hometown: KINGS BAY, GA, US
    Hometown: KINGS BAY, FL, US
    Hometown: MILLINGTON, TN, US
    Hometown: SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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