Nakuuruq Continues Support at Panama City

On March 5, 2013 Nakuuruq Solutions, LLC was awarded the Technical and Administrative Support Services contract for the prototype fabrication facility commonly called “the shops” at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida. Nakuuruq was first awarded the contract in 2004. The recent win was the result of a competitive 8(a) procurement.

According to Program Director, Troy Nevins, “I’ve been here since Nakuuruq was first awarded the contract. Currently, more than half of the employees have been here more than five years.” The Nakuuruq team in the Panama City shops includes CNC designers and machinists, riggers, welders, maintenance mechanics, electricians, painters and many other tradesmen who are working 10- to 12-hour days, often six days a week.

George Stewart, Nakuuruq project manager, says the shop’s motto is “If you can think it, we can build it,” and failure to execute is not an option. The 60,000 square foot shop has cranes, forklifts, 61 different CNC, NC and conventional machines,  welding equipment water jet cutting machines, wire EDM and the top tradesmen in the industry to build and maintain research and development equipment designed by navy engineers.

In the shops, Nakuuruq employees build mine rollers – unmotorized vehicles that attach to trucks or other military transport that can detonate a land mine ahead of a vehicle and absorb the shock from the explosion, while keeping Troops nearby safe. They routinely fabricate one-of-a-kind complex prototype pieces of equipment used for testing or unique requirements…whatever the NSWC’s engineers design in their labs.

The mission of NSWC Panama City Division is to conduct research, development, test and evaluation, in-service support of mine warfare systems, mines, naval special warfare systems, diving and life support systems, amphibious/expeditionary maneuver warfare systems, other missions that occur primarily in coastal (littoral) regions and to execute other responsibilities as assigned by Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center.


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