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18 April 2006

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The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) operates two DOE Laboratories: the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (operated by Bechtel National, Inc.), and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, New York (operated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation). These two laboratories are the design agencies for the NNPP. With combined staffs of over 5,600 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel, our mission is to develop the most advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology and to provide technical support for the continued safe, reliable operation of all existing naval reactors.

What We Do at the Bettis Laboratory

Bettis plays a key role in all aspects of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program but the Laboratory's functions can be categorized by three main areas:

* First, Bettis performs fundamental research in many technical disciplines so as to develop better materials, chemistry controlled environments, and components for improved Navy nuclear propulsion technology.

* Second, Bettis applies theoretical knowledge, sophisticated testing, and great computational power to the design of new reactor and propulsion systems and components that will be installed on new or existing Navy surface ships and submarines. Newly designed components are built by vendors with Bettis oversight and then thoroughly tested.

* Third, Bettis supports the existing Navy nuclear fleet by providing technical expertise during new construction, periodic maintenance, and refueling of surface ships and submarines. The Laboratory also trains enlisted and officer propulsion plant operators at its Charleston, South Carolina facility, and operates a one-of-a-kind reactor core examination facility at its Idaho Falls, Idaho location.

Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory

Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin, PA