Do you mean swapping steam turbine direct drive for turbo electric? A reactor can't work without generating steam.
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The Russians developed a reactor that used liquid metal to transfer heat but even then they still used steam to drive the turbines. The PWR3 will still rely on heat transferred from the closed pressurised water systems that is part of the reactor to a separate closed cycle that forms steam to drive the turbines. The latter is cooled and recycled. The PWR3 is a self contained unit that is designed to last the life of whatever boat it is installed in, negating the need for costly and time consuming refuelings.