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NEWS | Feb. 21, 2019

MARMC Maintenance Assist Teams support FDRMC Detachment Rota

By Mass Communication Specialist Brian Sloan

Members with Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) embarked aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS Ross (DDG 71) to provide training to the crewmembers at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 4 –Feb. 8.

MARMC Maintenance Assist Teams (MAT) training is provided to strengthen the crews’ ability to maintain the ships’ mission readiness.

“It has a very positive impact on our Sailors when they get to interact with people who are very knowledgeable, and everyone gets to learn from each other,” said Cmdr. Luis Socias, officer in charge of Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center, Rota.

MARMC’s Water Tight Door MAT efforts are focused on the water tight doors and hatches throughout the ships.

 “We assist in the maintenance of basic components like bushings, hinges, and all the fundamentals for maintaining the water and air-tight integrity of the ship,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Jesus Figueroa.

Ensuring there’s proper air and water tight integrity throughout the Carney and Ross ensures the safety of the ships’ crew members and equipment during war-fighting efforts.

“Some of the worst case scenarios at sea include fires, flooding, and chemical, biological, and radiological attacks,” said Figueroa. “If the doors and hatches are properly maintained, they can seal tightly and prevent these threats from spreading throughout the ship.”

Attention to detail is paramount to MARMCs success.

“The biggest challenge we face is ensuring that nothing gets overlooked,” said Figueroa. “We want to be certain every crew member receives proper training and every detail is accounted for.”

As a result, Carney and Ross Sailors are better equipped to tackle potential challenges ahead.

“It’s a win-win for all. The MAT gets to share their knowledge, and the Sailors get to learn and gain the ability to take care of the equipment on their own,” said Socias.