Marine Machinery Association Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2016 – Kitsap Naval Facility

0645 Departed Seattle for ferry to Bainbridge Island
0815 Met with Jake Chappelle and Sylvia Klatman from the Kitsap Public Affairs Office
0845 Tour of USS Stennis, CVN74. Met with LCDR Martin and approximately 10 enlisted crewmembers from a good cross section of the ship departments including the including the deck gang, auxiliaries, weapons, supply and engineering. We then proceeded on a tour of the ship with our compliment of tour guides (pretty nice ratio of sailors to MMA members). While on the tour the first thing I noticed about the ship was the extreme pride the sailors of the Stennis showed in their ship. We had everyone from new crewmembers to senior enlisted show off their ship. Every piece of brass on that ship shined like it was brand new. The artwork in the anchor windlass space was truly a work done with great care and showmanship.
Up on the bridge LCDR Martin explained the facilities of the ship has to take care of over 5,000 sailors (2,000 made up of the air wing). He explained how the crew kept its sanity on deployments that regularly last anywhere from 7-12 months. Many questions were asked of the crewmembers and they gave honest and lengthy answers where they could. Questions about past and future deployments were not answered due to security issues. We finished up our interior tour in a museum aboard the ship dedicated to the late John Stennis, this ships namesake. Next stop was the flight deck where LCDR Martin explained the catapult system for launching planes and the different aircraft and sortie rates the ship could sustain.
The USS Stennis Certainly one imposing naval ship. LCDR Martin and his fellow tour guides did a great job describing its features and were very proud to boast about their ship.
1145 Working lunch at Bremerton Naval Base
1300 Tour of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Kitsap
A command briefing was given by Mr. Alan D. Kent, the Division Technical Director at NUWC Keyport. Alan explained the many features and projects currently being worked on at NUWC Keyport. Work that is accomplished here includes In-service engineering, Test and evaluation, Custom engineered solutions, logistics support, obsolescence management, fleet materials readiness and Contracting and acquisition support.
Our next stop was the Torpedo Retrofit facility. This is where the entire complement of the Navy’s practice (unarmed) torpedo’s are repaired and updated. The US Navy has to regularly fire these weapons to keep the crews and the platforms (submarines, ships and aircraft) ready at all times. The size of some of the torpedo’s are impressive. For example, The MK 48 torpedo (used on submarines) is 19 feet long and weighs approximately 3,700 pounds. Many of the recent upgrades to the torpedo’s electronics, propulsion, and recovery systems were discussed.
Next stop was the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) homeport facility. The Navy is investing in the future of unmanned equipment and this facility. Numerous sized UUV were on display and discussed. Communication with the UUV’s is one of the major challenges the Navy is working diligently on at this time.
Our last stop was the Additive Manufacturing Facility. Here we discussed the many methods the Navy was using to repair items out in the fleet. Many samples were on display including 3D printed parts, flame spray repairs, and cladding. The cladding repair of a valve seat using Inconel was discussed. This valve is in a very corrosive environment and the Navy is repairing them annually. The discussion came up about using certified or shipyard approved procedures and it was obvious that if the fleet needs a repair ASAP that the normal rules of manufacturing for Naval vessels can be overlooked during a maintenance period. One manufacturer even stated that if the valve was allowed to be cladded during new construction the Navy would not need to make repairs so often. Definitely some discussion points for future meetings.
1600 Tour concluded
1700 Return to Seattle via Ferry
1900 Working dinner in Seattle.

A special thanks to Jim VanAntwerp from Tri-Tec who helped coordinate with the many factions at KITSAP. KITSAP is one of the most secure Navy Bases in the country and the coordination to get this large a group on base and the Stennis was flawless.


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