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Navy Nuke: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a "Nuke" in the United States Navy. This support group is for the families and friends with Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program / Power Nuke School.

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Nukes: How They Got There

Started by Jerome May. Last reply by Rocco A Cavallo Mar 29, 2018. 1 Reply

Cliff's Notes on Prototype Training

Started by Scott Henry Nov 21, 2017. 0 Replies

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Comment by Randall W. Adams on March 28, 2018 at 4:29pm

Yes Rocco, a happy Easter to all of our Nukes. Our Easter will be extra special due to my son passing his board and succeeding in his long journey to become a Navy Nuke Submariner. He had his up's and downs but never gave up and says he doesn't regret a single moment of it. His Mom and myself are real proud of him. He is going to Conn, on USS Colorado. I want to thank all those Navy Dad's out there who offered advice to get ME through it all. God Bless you and all of our young men and women who have chosen to serve our country in the US Navy. Happy Easter to everyone.

Comment by Rocco A Cavallo on March 25, 2018 at 9:48am

Happy Easter to the entire Nuke community! May God bless our children and their families!

Comment by Scott Henry on July 12, 2017 at 8:02am
There are a multitude of things to keep Nukes occupied when the boat is in port and the plant is shut down. There are certain things that still have to be monitored and that is the responsibility of the duty section. Every Nuke will be part of a duty section. Usually there are 3 or 4, depending on manning. So once every 3rd or 4th day they will spend 24 hours on the boat monitoring the plant. Nukes also have a very robust continuing training program so training happens in port also. The vast majority of a Nuke's in port time, however, will be devoted to performing preventive and/or corrective maintenance on the equipment that they are responsible for.
Comment by Scott Henry on July 12, 2017 at 7:44am
Diving is a collateral duty that is performed in addition to his regular duties as a Nuke. The divers on the boat will do things like perform security swims and hull inspections. They also serve as "lifeguards" for topside personnel during the maneuvering watch.
Comment by Tony Goss on July 12, 2017 at 7:43am
What kinds of things do nukes typically do while not deployed? Odd jobs? Get training in other areas? Pursue education?
Comment by Steve on July 12, 2017 at 7:33am

Question.  Son has been out of the pipeline for about a year and is a ET2 (SS) serving on a fast attack.  He qualified and received his fish in ~6 months and his chief seems to have taken him under his wing. He has pushed for him to go to Navy dive school (he actually has already been accepted and will head down to Panama City, Fl in October).  Anyway, other than the extra pay - what does a navy diver do on a sub?  How will this work with his his nuke duties and watches?

Comment by Anish Patel on July 6, 2017 at 12:20pm

Thank you, Scott and Jeff. I will wait to find out I guess the dates and plan something. Have a great weekend.

Comment by Scott Henry on July 6, 2017 at 5:31am

NNPTC does a Holiday stand down every year during the Christmas Season. Students will normally get to take leave during that period. They will have the long weekend at Thanksgiving but if they have to travel outside of the liberty radius they will, most likely, not be permitted to go home. The NNPTC staff and the surrounding community do conduct an "Adopt-A-Sailor" program at Thanksgiving to give interested students a place to go if they can't travel home. My wife and I participated in it while I was on the staff there. We usually had a group of 4-6 sailors for Thanksgiving dinner and we enjoyed it as much as they did. I would encourage your son to participate in that program if he is unable to travel home for Thanksgiving. 

Comment by Anish Patel on July 5, 2017 at 5:00pm

My son is graduating boot camp this month and moving to Nuke A school, to begin with, and then power school. He is an MMN.

Does anyone know if they are given Thanksgiving and Christmas break to come home? If so would anyone have dates for 2017, please? I am planning to see if I can take him on a vacation. Thank you very much.

Comment by Peter Quast on June 6, 2017 at 10:04pm

Thank you Scott Henry for the response.  She tells me that her crew does 6:30am to 6:30pm. 


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