On Friday, 20 April, a group of eight graduate students enrolled in the Naval Construction and Engineering program at MIT visited Albacore Park. These active-duty naval officers (and one civilian) are enrolled in a multi-year program which, after graduation, will have them designated as Engineering Duty Officers. Their future assignments involve duty at naval shipyards, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, NAVSEA, etc., where a technical degree is required. The Park recently became involved with this group when one of their professors visited the Park and PPMMA Board member Gerry Sedor (Capt. USN, Ret., an EDO) was invited to address the group at MIT. Several members of the group expressed an interest in seeing the boat and so Gerry arranged the visit.
Russ Van Billiard (PPMMA Board member emeritus) opened the session by describing how Albacore came to be back in Portsmouth. PPMMA board members Gerry Sedor, Ken Herrick, Jim Wakefield and Phil Munck together with FOA members Norm Bower and Jack Hunter were on hand to tour the group and answer questions about the boat and her operations. Rod Watterson (Capt. USN, Ret, also an EDO and author of "32 in '44 - a book documenting the production of 32 subs in 1944 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard) closed out the session by reviewing the highlights of his book and then holding a question and answer period. The session was well received by the students, and we expect to have additional interactions in the future.