Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) conducted an award ceremony for their graduates of the Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS) program at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Wash. on July 27.
The 22 Bangor-based graduating Sailors earned their qualifications in a variety of Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes, which can only be obtained through the NAMTS program and can be directly applied to the United States Military Apprenticeship (USMAP) certification.
“We’ve been working to increase the capacity of our Intermediate Maintenance Facilities, like the one here in Bangor, so Sailors can more effectively learn how to do shipboard maintenance,” said Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center Rear Adm. (Sel) David Gale, who served as guest speaker for the event.
The NAMTS program provides Sailors in electricians mate (EM), engineman (EN), gas turbine machinist (GSM), hull technician (HT) and machinist mate (MM) ratings with the knowledge and proficiency to perform essential Fleet maintenance and repairs while underway which often would normally have required the ship to return to port.
“Within these special NECs in the hull, mechanical and electrical engineering ratings, the Sailors learn how to find and fix shipboard maintenance problems so they can return that journeyman level expertise to the ships and train their shipmates.”
Sailors who apply for the NAMTS opportunities receive a Job Qualification Requirement (JQR) NEC at the completion of training, but these JQRs can only be provided by a Regional Maintenance Center (RMC) with an Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) or Activity (IMA). NAMTS training is available to Sailors on shore duty and also those whose ships are undergoing extended maintenance availabilities.
Within the five engineering ratings (EM, EM, GSM, HT and MM) there are eight different JQRs available for individual certifications: Gas Turbine Repair; Outside Electric Repair; Outside Machinists; Pipefitter; Shipfitter; Diesel Engine and Governor Injector Repair; Valve Repair; and Hydraulic Repair.
Sailors from those source ratings in pay grades E3-E6 must be eligible for a follow-on sea tour to qualify for those JQRs. There are approximately 1064 NAMTS sea billets with only 440 or 41% filled with NAMTS qualified personnel.
“The NAMTS team is working with detailers to make sure the right Sailors get to the right billets on the right ships,” said Capt. Chuck Baker, IMF commanding officer.
“These graduates have invested their time wisely working side by side with IMF master craftsmen in earning these NECs over the past year and returning to the Fleet with these critical skills sets. Their contributions in maintaining our Nation’s assets and keeping them mission-ready cannot be overstated,” Baker said.
For more information about NAMTS training, Sailors should contact their detailers or visit the NAMTS website at http://www.namts.com