NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Do you have what it takes to be on the tip of the spear supporting the nation's most enduring nuclear strike capabilities?
Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department Kings Bay (NRMD-KB) has an immediate need to fill several key positions at its facility, and highly motivated workers with an eye on innovation make ideal candidates.
NRMD-KB provides critical nuclear overhaul and repair to the Navy's only sea-based leg of the nuclear triad, the Trident Submarine. Ohio-class submarines are known as Trident submarines because of the Trident II D5 missiles they carry. Armed with 20 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Trident Submarine's sole mission is strategic deterrence.
"To maximize the strategic availability, the Trident Submarine operates with two crews on a strict rotation that averages 77 days at-sea followed by a 35 day in-port period," said Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Nuclear Off-yard Operations Manager Matt Stone.
A detachment of NNSY, NRMD-KB's mission is to provide urgent, fast-paced maintenance and refurbishment to meet the Navy's critical schedule and keep these submarines at sea on the front line of the nation's defense strategy, ensuring our military remains the world's most preeminent fighting force.
NNSY recognizes the mission of NRMD-KB and is proactively working to develop a team commensurate with the significance of this job.
"Due to the nature of the SSBN mission, they require rapid turnaround of maintenance so they can be returned to the fleet for strategic deterrence," said NRMD-KB Director Wade Stanton. "This also means that we continuously strive for first time quality due to the short duration of the maintenance periods."
Based on the strict operational rotation, the age of the fleet and the need for Tridents to operate for long periods of time without outside support, their maintenance requirements increase and the time they spend at NRMD-KB becomes even more important.
"Currently we are cycling through extended availabilities that will continue for the next few years and it is extremely important that the ships get out on time to support their mission," said Stanton.
To ensure the work is done on time, on budget, and with first time quality, NRMD-KB is hiring skilled instructors, test mechanics, physical science technicians, marine machinery mechanics, pipefitters, painters, and nuclear engineers.
"The ships could come in at a moment's notice and we have to be ready to support because our core group of mechanics is small and they require more qualifications than the standard mechanic at NNSY," said Stanton. "These positions are critical to support the fleet all day, every day, and we don't have time to wait for subject matter experts to travel all the way down from NNSY."
If you or someone you know is interested in federal employment at NRMD Kings Bay, please email your resume to FLTHRO_NNSY@navy.mil.
Editor's note: Andy Lysinger, Code 300N, contributed to this report.
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