Commander, Submarine Group Two


New London Regional Support Group Sustains Key Jobs in Local Area

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Regional Support Group commodore announced 260 full-time positions will remain in the New London area under the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI), Nov. 16.

Capt. Mark VanYe, commodore, Regional Support Group, Groton/commanding officer, Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London discussed the full-time positions being renewed through an existing contract with General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp and its economic impact to the area. This contract, valued at $41,616,738, was renewed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, contracting support activity, Nov. 14.

"The one-year $41 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative requirements covers most non-nuclear repairs required on fast-attack submarines located in Groton," said VanYe. "Through the use of this contract, Groton based submarines are able to draw upon the exceptionally skilled craftsmen and technicians at Electric Boat corporation. It's a critical partnership and one which has significantly improved the material condition and operational availability of our ships."

VanYe added that the contract covers planned and emergent non-nuclear maintenance and repair of operational nuclear submarines, floating dry-docks, support and service craft, and other platforms and equipment at the Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London.

Starting in 1999, NEMMI was created to transition non-submarine qualified military billets at the NSSF to General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard employees. VanYe oversees this integrated workforce and discusses the skill set they provide to the submarine force in New London.

"As an added benefit, NEMMI provides a huge maintenance training advantage for our Groton-based Sailors. Our sailors come off their sea tour and are provided the chance to work side by side with the craftsmen that built the ships they served on," said VanYe.

The commodore added that work performed against this contract will be completed by November 2012.