Since our inception in March of 1967, SUBMEPP has developed and managed innovative programs that cope with the complex business of submarine maintenance. We were conceptualized by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1966 and grew from their design division. Today, we are an independent field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command. Our technical authority allows us to serve all Naval shipyards, submarine Intermediate Maintenance Activities, and the Fleet. We are aligned under NAVSEA's Submarine Directorate and employ over 215 engineers and technical professionals in support of submarine maintenance worldwide.
The Department of the Navy established SUBMEPP at a time when the cost and length of submarine overhauls were spiraling out of control. We were then called PERA (SS), Planning and Engineering for Repairs and Alterations of Submarines. Through the 1970s, our business grew to a pivotal position in submarine maintenance and modernization planning. We had matured from a shipyard business unit to a NAVSEA Detachment by late 1983.
Our responsibilities, competencies, and reputation continued to grow beyond those of surface PERA organizations. In 1986, our expanded role led the CNO to sign our name change to one that accurately projected our unique value and business focus: SUBMEPP-- Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement.
SUBMEPP provides engineering, program management, and information technology support throughout the entire life-cycle maintenance process. During the Cold War, our people worked hard to keep costs down and to keep submarines on-line. We are proud to work for you in making today's challenges an opportunity for America's tomorrow.
Commanding Officer: Captain Carey M. Pantling, USN, P.E.
Executive Director: Mr. Norman La Fleur
Chief Engineer: Ms. Jeannette F. Lacasse