Research and Development
We design the world's most technologically advanced nuclear reactor plants for U.S. Navy submarines. We perform fundamental research to develop better materials, chemistry control schemes and components for improved nuclear propulsion technology. KAPL scientists produced the Chart of the Nuclides, which is used worldwide by universities and nuclear laboratories.
We use theoretical knowledge, sophisticated testing and great computational power to design new reactor and propulsion systems and components that will be used on existing and future Navy surface ships and submarines. We have focus areas in direct energy conversion, electric drive propulsion and advanced composite materials.
Operations and Training
We safely operate two prototypes of submarine nuclear propulsion plants at the Kesselring site located in West Milton, New York. We support the current and future Fleet needs by training the world's finest sailors who will operate our reactor plants at sea.
We maintain, support and enhance the mission capability of LOS ANGELES Class Submarines, OHIO Class Ballistic Missile Submarines and VIRGINIA Class Submarines.
We serve as project manager in the areas of engineering, manufacturing and procurement for more than 200 industrial contractors engaged in the production and supply of naval nuclear plant components and associated equipment.
We take our environmental responsibility very seriously. For many years, KAPL has performed environmental monitoring to demonstrate that all Laboratory sites are being operated in accordance with environmental standards. The results have been published in annual reports provided to Federal, State and local officials. These reports demonstrate that the Laboratory's monitoring practices meet, and are often more strict than, the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. The monitoring results confirm compliance with environmental standards, in many cases by a significant margin.
We support our technical work with an extensive infrastructure including financial, sourcing, human resources, communications, facilities operations, maintenance, environmental, safety, security and medical services.