Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

MUSE Supports Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

01/27/15 12:00 AM

MUSE Supports Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

By Darrell E. Waller, NAVFAC EXWC Public Affairs


NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) division completed a vital power plant installation at Kittery, Maine in January.

A team of two Seabee MUSE technicians installed an 800 kilowatt (kW) power plant at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This power plant will provide emergency backup power to support nuclear-powered submarines during extended overhaul and maintenance operations.

"The generator installed by our MUSE technicians is an important part of our support to our nation's warfighters," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson. "The emergency power provided is especially crucial during scheduled and unscheduled maintenance periods and longer overhauls."

The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center's MUSE division is based in Port Hueneme, California. MUSE technicians are selected from all Seabee rates to attend the Army Prime Power School located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The rigorous year-long school curriculum consists of intensive academic and technical training focused on teaching students the principles of power production and transformation.

The Mobile Utilities Support Equipment division serves a number of supported commanders throughout the Navy and Department of Defense. It also supports shore establishment utility systems and cold-iron services throughout the world with supplemental equipment capable of electrical generation and transformation.

NAVFAC EXWC is the Navy's premier activity for facilities and expeditionary technology solutions, engineering services, equipment logistics and products needed to equip the fleet and meet warfighter requirements. EXWC also delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.

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