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Thursday, November 09, 2006

NPTU Ballston Spa Shutdown

It appears that a regular maintenance shutdown at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Kesselring Site ("NPTU Ballston Spa" to us Nucs) is lasting a lot longer than planned:
The reactors were shut down several weeks ago for regular maintenance, said spokesman Gene Terwilliger. But six large water valves were discovered to be improperly installed. Removing and reinstalling them will mean a much longer shutdown than inspection crews had at first anticipated.
``Normally, we would have been back up by now,'' Terwilliger said.
He said the valves would have operated normally but may have malfunctioned over the long term had the problem not been discovered and fixed. He said the issue did not pose any safety risk, to workers at the site or to the public.
But it does pose an inconvenience for 80 Navy personnel who had been training at Kesselring. Kesselring is operated by Lockheed Martin on a contract with the Navy to train sailors how to operate nuclear reactors that power submarines and aircraft carriers. Eighty personnel training in Milton were transferred to another training site in South Carolina, Terwilliger said.
The "transferring the students" part is what says it'll be a long shutdown. Reading between the lines, this is just a standard example of Naval Reactors being their normal anal selves -- which, in nuclear power, is a Good Thing (especially for the land-based prototypes).

And since a lot of the staff there won't be as busy for the foreseeable future as they would have been with students around, they might have more time to contribute to the Veteran's Day 2006 Fundraising Drive for Project Valour-IT -- there are only a couple of days left, and Team NAVY has a very tight lead to defend. And most importantly -- you don't have to be from NPTU Ballston Spa to contribute by hitting the "Make A Donation" button on the right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part is for us poor souls in SC that are going to be doing double duty (or however many times you want to multiply it) teaching all these newbies how to be baby nukes.

As if we didn't have enough work already.

11/09/2006 7:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they not have two plant up there anymore? When I was last up there, S8G and MARF were both still operating.

11/10/2006 9:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

should have said "plants".

11/10/2006 9:14 AM

Blogger Wulf said...

When I was last up there, S8G and MARF were both still operating.

That's what I was thinking. Maybe there were more than 80 students, and only some of them are being transferred to SC? Sounds like it's going to suck for all involved.

11/11/2006 10:05 AM

Blogger trr said...

Anyone know when they shut doewn D1G? That's where I did prototype training (MM/ELT).

11/14/2006 4:51 PM

Blogger basscheez said...


I'd bet it was around the time they de-commed all the nuke cruisers.

/fellow D1Gger! Let's get the ball rolling!

11/15/2006 11:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

D1G stopped taking students a long time ago. When I went through in 1994 they were not pushing students and were shutting it down. I was also a D1G alum back in 1988. Loved it so much I went through twice!

11/21/2006 5:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two plants share the system to my knowledge. I'm in SC, waiting for the storm of students. Way to go QA department on that one!

11/28/2006 2:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm at S8G right now. The system is rx fill. so yeah... both are affected. a small handful of students stayed at marf (maybe 20), some civilians are at S8G. MARF will be steaming maybe in May, S8G sometime after.

11/29/2006 5:58 PM

Blogger Andrea M said...

I'm at NNPTC right now and we just got prototype orders... the split is 70/30 with the majority of us going to NY...

11/16/2007 12:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on hold currently for prototype. They say I am going to SC for type but I live in amsterdam ny, about 15 miles west. Does anybody have any idea how I can be sent to type in NY or put on hold again?

2/04/2009 6:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you who want to come to New York as a student right now, this place is backed up three classes deep. No one has done any training for three and a half months. I hate to say it, but you stand next to no chance.

2/14/2009 2:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

recent events have NY down indefinately, and they're going down to 4 shift rotation, SC is the place to go for now

3/25/2009 9:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, so whats the navy staff doing now, maintenance?

5/26/2009 1:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, this is Ed Mahmoud here, former Class 8403 Section 14 sex god and RPCC operator on the USS Chuck Wagon (CVN-70) ET2/NEC 3383.

I went to D1G, and drank a lot of beer in 1984.

I was supposed to go to MARF, but they had a primary to secondary leak at the rodless wonder.

10/01/2009 10:46 AM

Anonymous said...

This will not have effect as a matter of fact, that's what I suppose.

11/27/2011 3:30 PM

Anonymous Sabina said...

I completely agree with the post.

9/21/2012 11:43 AM


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