High School Students of Portuguese Descent Visit NRP Tridente
GROTON, Conn. – Nearly 20 students from New Bedford High School in Massachusetts and Rogers High School in Newport, R.I. will meet sailors serving aboard NRP Tridente, a diesel electric with air independent propulsion submarine, on July 25 while the submarine crew is in Groton.
The students, many of Portuguese descent, are participating in a summer internship program under an educational partnership agreement with Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport in Rhode Island and wanted an opportunity to meet sailors serving in the Portuguese navy.
Candida Desjardins, educational outreach coordinator at NUWC Newport, said these students are currently participating in the paid Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP) and a visit to Naval Submarine Base New London provides for increased awareness in engineering related fields.
“UTAP apprentices focus their studies on electrical engineering and physics, especially buoyancy and hydrodynamics. The program provides an engineering design lab experience during which the students build and re-engineer an underwater vehicle and then test it against each other’s designs,” said Desjardins.
NUWC Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea System Command, provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures.
Tridente has a crew of 33 sailors and is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Bruno Ricardo Amaral Henriques. The Portuguese submarine and her crew are visiting Groton to conduct sea trials. Participation in sea trials, allow the crew of Tridente to increase their levels of operating readiness.
After sea trials are complete, Tridente will depart Groton for its trans-Atlantic return to Portugal.