ASNE Northern New England Section News - Past Section Meetings
October: The Northern New England section was welcomed to the U. S. Coast Guard’s Sector Northern New England base in South Portland, Maine for our dinner meeting on October 24, 2013. Activities for the 32 attendees included a pre-dinner tour of the Industrial Production Facility (IPF) which provides maintenance support to the Coast Guard’s 47 Foot Motor Lifeboats, dinner at the USCG’s Rusty Scupper, and presentations on the missions of the Northern New England Sector by host and Sector Commander CAPT Brian Gilda, and an overview of the IPF’s organic maintenance capabilities by Industrial Manager LT Jeff Verville. Attendees included members from SNAME and student members from Maine Maritime Academy.
November: Returning to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the first time since 2008, the Northern New England section packaged a number of activities into an information-rich evening on November 21, 2013. We started in the shipyard’s Tirante Tavern for a short overview of the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) and its role in the Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS). Next we boarded a bus to enter the Controlled Industrial Area (CIA) and travel to the site of the PRM which is undergoing a maintenance availability at the yard. After an up close view of the PRM and a discussion of some innovative templating and production processes being used including 3D printing, we returned to Tirante Tavern for a buffet dinner. We then adjourned to the shipyard’s auditorium where we were greeted by Shipyard Commander CAPT William Greene and treated to an insightful presentation by LCDR Jesse Black reviewing the USS MIAMI fire that occurred on May 23, 2012 that led to its decommissioning. 46 attended the evening’s events, including SNAME members and students from MMA who travelled yet another hour further south from Castine to participate.
December: The NNE Section again accepted the gracious invitation of The Shipyard Brewery Company Master Brewer Bruce Elam to hold our pre-holiday season event on the premises. Bruce gave a one hour tour to over 12 members and guests.. We then enjoyed pizza and some samples of Shipyard beers. The business meeting presentation was provided by Mr. Vince Quintana, Bath Iron Works’ principal human factors engineer who spoke on Human Factors in Ship Design. This popular event, held on December 4, 2013 was attended by 28 interested individuals, which included students from MMA & SNAME members. We had one couple, who drove up from Groton, CT, to attend the meeting.