NSWC In­dian Head wel­comes Nammo En­er­get­ics

The Nor­we­gian group brings 130 jobs to the naval sur­face war­fare cen­ter

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

A pop­u­lar Nor­we­gian com­pany is bring­ing rock- et mo­tor en­gi­neer­ing and 130 jobs to Naval Sup­port Fa­cil­ity In­dian Head be­gin­ning this year.

On Jan. 19, Naval Sur- face War­fare Cen­ter In­dian Head Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Tech­nol­ogy Divi- sion (NSWC IHEODTD) of­fi­cially an­nounced the com­mand’s partnership with Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head (NEIH), un- der the com­mand’s Cen­ter for In­dus­trial and Tech­ni­cal Ex­cel­lence (CITE) des­ig­na­tion. This marks the third partnership that the naval base has un­der the des­ig­na­tion.

Lead­er­ship from the Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter and Nammo met last Thurs­day at the Vil­lage Green Pav­il­ion in In­dian Head for the sign­ing of the of­fi­cial partnership.

“The Navy re­lies on IHEODTD for a broad set

of crit­i­cal en­er­getic and EOD ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Main- tain­ing our readi­ness lev- el re­quires a sig­nif­i­cant amount of re­sources that are in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to re­al­ize in the cur­rent fis­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” said the divi­sion’s Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor Ash­ley John­son. “Un­der this 30-year partnership, Nammo Ener- get­ics In­dian Head will ad­dress un­der-utilized ca- pac­ity in our cast plant to man­u­fac­ture rocket mo­tors and war­heads. It will also pro­vide us op­tions to main­tain the unique ca- pa­bil­i­ties needed for our na­tion’s de­fense.”

The Naval Sur­face War- fare Cen­ter re­ceived CITE de­pot-level and ar­se­nal-ac­tiv­ity des­ig­na­tion in May 1, 2014. CITE is a statu­tory au­thor­ity al­low­ing public-pri­vate part­ner­ships to per­form work re­lated to the com­mand’s core com­pe­ten­cies. This des­ig­na­tion al­lows the Navy to more ef­fi­ciently main­tain an or­ganic en­er­get­ics ca- pa­bil­ity and man­age un- der-utilized ca­pac­ity.

In­dian Head Mayor Bran­don Paulin said Nammo En­er­get­ics will bring high-pay­ing jobs to the re­gion and con­tin­ued growth for NSWC. But, most of all, the com­pany wants to be a part of the com­mu­nity. He re­marked on the mon­u­men­tal day be­ing one of the many steps be­ing taken to re­vi­tal­ize In­dian Head with col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween state, county and town gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Morten Brandtzaeg, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Nammo Group, the com­pany be­gan as a match fac­tory in 1896 in Nor­way. In 1998, the gov­ern­ments of Nor- way, Swe­den and Fin­land merged their ef­forts and pro­duc­tion of am­muni- tions, rocket mo­tors and mil­i­ta­riza­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties into one com­pany: the Nammo Group. “Nam- mo” stands for Nordic Am­mu­ni­tion Com­pany.

“Nammo’s strength is that we are a flex­i­ble com- pany, a so­lu­tion provider that al­ways seeks to adapt to our cus­tomer base. We have over 2,200 ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees and an an­nual turnover of $450 mil­lion. The U.S. is one of Nammo’s most im­por­tant home mar­kets. Over 470 U.S. em­ploy­ees, which we in­tend to grow, are lo­cated from Cal­i­for­nia in the west to Vir­ginia in the east, and now Mary­land. We have the first sig­nif­i­cant step ahead with NSWC in In­dian Head,” Brandtzaeg said.

John­son said the naval base is ex­cited about the po­ten­tial for sev­eral hun­dred new pri­vate sec­tor and gov­ern­ment jobs by 2020. He said the com­mand is lucky to have such a ca­pa­ble part­ner be­cause the Navy re­lies on NSF In­dian Head for a broad set of en­ergy dy- nam­ics and EOD ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The ex­plo­sive or­di­nance and dis­posal divi­sion was the first Navy ac­tiv­ity to hold both de­pot- and ar- senal-level des­ig­na­tion, mak­ing this partnership one-of-a-kind in the Navy.

“The Public Pri­vate Partnership Agreement is a unique op­por­tu­nity for Nammo to be­come part of the U.S. Na­tional Tech­nol­ogy In­dus­trial Base,” Brandtzaeg said. “Our pri­or­ity No. 1 will be to cre­ate a sus­tain­able and highly com­pet­i­tive oper- ation at In­dian Head with a strong fo­cus on our core ca­pa­bil­i­ties and compe- ten­cies — cre­at­ing jobs in Mary­land.”

Michael Adams, busi- ness direc­tor with NSWC In­dian Head EOD Tech- nol­ogy Divi­sion, hosted the event and pre­sented other no­table speak­ers in­clud­ing Peter Mur­phy, pres­i­dent of the Charles County Board of Com- mis­sion­ers; Capt. Scott H. Kraft, com­mand­ing of- fi­cer of the NSWC In­dian Head EOD Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion; and Morten Tiller, na­tional ar­ma­ments direc­tor of the Nor we­gian Min­istry of De­fence.

Am­bas­sador of Nor­way, Kåre R. Aas, said he has seen the two coun­tries (Nor­way and the United States) stand strong over time and these new col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts will cre- ate even bet­ter mil­i­tary equip­ment. He be­lieves the con­di­tions have never been bet­ter to fur­ther the de­fense in­dus­trial rela- tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

“To­day is a his­toric day in the Nor­we­gian/Amer- ican re­la­tion­ship. For the first time in our bi­lat­eral his­tory, a Nor­we­gian de­fense com­pany has set up an op­er­a­tion on a U.S. mil- itary base. This is some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing. This is good for ev­ery­one — from the lo­cal In­dian Head com­mu­nity to our re­spec­tive de­fense in­dus­trial bases and ul­ti­mately for the warfighter,” Aas said.

“Close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the de­fense in­dus­try and the Nor­we­gian em­bassy is crit­i­cal in ad­dress­ing chal­lenges that Nor­we­gian de­fense firms [face] when op­er­at­ing in the U.S. mar­ket — lim­ited to no mar­ket ac­cess and for­eign ex­clu­sion. This public pri­vate partnership is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how to over­come this bar­rier. I hope it will in­spire other sim­i­lar set­ups across the U.S. mil­i­tary,” Aas said.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (DMd., 5th), said by com­ing to In­dian Head, Nammo is tap­ping into a com­mu­nity and re­gion that is ready to help ad­vance the na­tional se­cu­rity of the na­tion — as it has been do­ing for over a cen­tury.

“En­er­get­ics and en­er­getic ma­te­ri­als have con­tin­ued to play a crit­i­cal role in keep­ing Amer­ica safe and en­abling our soldiers, sailors and air­men marines to ex­e­cute their mis­sions with pre­ci­sion and power. This fa­cil­ity is im­por­tant not only to Amer­ica but to all of the world in terms of the ex­tra­or­di­nary, in­no­va­tive work that it does in en­er­get­ics,” Hoyer said. “In­dian Head has been made vi­able for the long run be­cause of the tal­ent and com­mit­ment of the work­force ded­i­cated to their coun­try and to the ob­jec­tive of In­dian Head and U.S. Navy.”

Be­fore the event con- cluded, Mary­land Sec- re­tary of Com­merce Michael Gill pre­sented Brandtzaeg and Tiller with a gov­er­nor’s ci­ta­tion in recog­ni­tion of the new partnership.

“With In­dian Head’s ex­cel­lent ca­pac­i­ties and com­pe­ten­cies, this is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for us,” Brandtzaeg said.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head will bring a new type of en­gi­neer­ing — pro­duc­tion of am­mu­ni­tion, rocket mo­tors and space ap­pli­ca­tions — to Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter In­dian Head Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion for the next 30 years.

Morten Brandtzaeg, left, pres­i­dent and CEO of Nammo; Capt. Scott H. Kraft, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, NSWC In­dian Head EOD Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion; Morten Tiller, Na­tional Ar­ma­ments Divi­sion, Nor­we­gian Min­istry of De­fence; and NSWC IHEODTD Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor Ash­ley John­son at the Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head sign­ing on Jan. 19.

Morten Brandtzaeg, left, pres­i­dent and CEO of Nammo; Capt. Scott H. Kraft, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, NSWC In­dian Head EOD Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion; Morten Tiller, Na­tional Ar­ma­ments Divi­sion, Nor­we­gian Min­istry of De­fence; and NSWC IHEODTD Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor Ash­ley John­son at the Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head sign­ing on Jan. 19.

Rep. Steny Hoyer spoke be­fore the of­fi­cial Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head sign­ing at the Vil­lage Green Pav­il­ion in In­dian Head on Jan. 19.

Am­bas­sador of Nor­way Kåre R. Aas spoke be­fore the of­fi­cial Nammo En­er­get­ics In­dian Head sign­ing at the Vil­lage Green Pav­il­ion in In­dian Head on Jan. 19.

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