Lyndex-Nikken has joined the US Navy. Well, sort of. Lyndex-Nikken has joined forces with San Francisco area students who attend the USS Pampanito Maritime Educational Programs. The USS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class fleet submarine. The USS Pampanito, is now a museum and memorial docked at the Maritime National Historic Park in San Francisco; the nation’s only floating park. It offers students a hands-on maritime experience. The core of these programs is to engage children in activity based education on maritime engineering, life and history. The US Pampanito hosts 15,000 children a year with their maritime engineering programs which include, boat building, sailing and their submarine overnight program. The students experience eating in the submarine “Mess Hall” or cafeteria and sleeping in actual submarine bunks.
Richard Pekelney, representative of the USS Pampanito, told us how maintaining the submarine as a non-profit museum was a huge challenge. They recently received the donation of a classic 42″ table Bridgeport Series 1 Mill. However, in order to make it a full functioning mill, they had to repair its spindle bearings and the worn R8 collets. At Lyndex-Nikken, we were glad to help by donating a R8 Collet Set. These collets will be used as a learning tool aboard the USS Pampanito; teaching children how to operate a mill. Duke Dang, Lyndex-Nikken’s regional Sales Manager in California sent the collets to the USS Pampanito.
Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank Richard Pekelney and the USS Pampanito Students for the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative program for students. We are happy to help community maritime programs by exposing students to hands-on education in engineering and possibly developing the future leaders of our industry.