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understanding of its principles and philosophies. In addition, it will help ensure that upgrades
are effectively utilized and maintained by training operators and maintenance personnel.
The Russian Navy (MPC&A) upgrading project started in March 1995 with a request from the
commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy to the Kurchatov Institute Russian Research Center
(KI RRC) to cooperate on MPC&A upgrades for Russian Navy nuclear fuels storage and
handling. Possible U.S. cooperation in this work was also suggested. After several
communications and meetings on the working level, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, the Russian
Navy representative, and the President of KI RRC issued a joint statement on the subject in
July 1996. This statement announced that "the Russian Ministry of Defense and United States
Department of Energy decided to jointly cooperate to ensure the highest possible standards of
control, accounting, and physical protection for all storage locations of the Navy of the
Russian Federation, containing fresh highly enriched uranium fuels for naval nuclear
reactors." This effort would be conducted through the MPC&A program. The Russian Navy
MPC&A program was formally initiated in response to this joint statement.
The Russian Navy training project is implementing a training program so that management and
operational and support staff responsible for MPC&A activities will understand both the
theoretical and the necessary operational aspects of the systems and equipment. The first phase of
this project was an assessment of the current training needs. A formal needs assessment study
was undertaken to identify the training objectives, the number of trainees, the skills required, and
the resources necessary to meet those objectives.
The following training objectives were identified:
1. Train specialists that will be working at the first of the sites to be upgraded so that all the new
equipment being operating under new criteria and requirements will be used effectively.
2. Train specialists from other sites that are to be upgraded.
3. Train supervisory and inspection personnel to perform their required duties.
4. Maintain an on-going capability to train new personnel and refresh or enhance the skills of
A short-term program was identified to address the first two objectives. The number and
functional purpose of the facilities where MPC&A systems were to be installed were identified.
The skill sets necessary for the effective operation of MPC&A systems at each type of facility was
established. The numbers of persons and the required skill sets needed immediately were
determined. The scope was then broadened to include support facilities and inspection functions.
These facility functions are as follows:
" land-based storage facilities with fresh and irradiated nuclear fuels,
" floating platforms with the storage facilities for nuclear fuel on board,
" nuclear material control and accounting services in the Regional Departments at the Northern
and Pacific Fleets,
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Forehand, Harry M.; O'Shell, Parker; Opanassiouk, Yuri R.; Rexroth, Paul E.; Shmelev, Vladimir & Sukhoruchkin, Vladimir K. Russian Navy Fresh Fuel MPC and A Training, article, July 6, 1999; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc783433/m1/4/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.