National Nuclear Security Administration

Klotz visits Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory

July 8, 2015

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Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, visited the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, PA on July 2, 2015.


Gen. Klotz toured through several test facilities where Bettis personnel reviewed ongoing development efforts to qualify techniques for in-situ repairs of nuclear powered submarine components, discussed full scale flow testing of prototypical reactor components, and demonstrated how state-of-the-art instrumentation and control equipment has been developed and deployed to aircraft carriers and submarines.  Gen. Klotz was also briefed on the reactor design challenges that will require investment in advanced technologies to meet the future mission of the U.S. Navy.   

During the visit the Bettis personnel demonstrated exceptional dedication to the support of the U.S. Navy's submarines and aircraft carriers.  Their technical aptitude and strong engineering skills have enabled the Navy to safely operate nuclear powered ships for over 156 million miles and 6,700 reactor-years of operation since the USS NAUTILUS went to sea in 1955.  

Bettis and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, NY are operated by the Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation (BMPC) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bechtel National Inc.  For nearly 70 years, both laboratories have been developing advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology and providing technical support to ensure the safe and reliable operation of our nation's submarine and aircraft carrier fleets.  The Laboratories are solely dedicated to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program for the research, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of U.S. nuclear-powered warships.