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By SWRMC Public Affairs
Petty Officer 1st Class David Florido, is the first Southwest Regional Maintenance Center Sailor to receive four Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS) Navy Enlisted Classification Codes.
Florido received his fourth NEC on Aug. 25, when he completed the Valve Repair Technician NEC. He has also earned the Shipfitter, Pipefitter, and Rigger / Weight Testers NECs over the last two and a half years while at SWRMC. He completed these while serving as the lead petty officer for SWRMC’s Welding Code in the Production Department.
“Petty Officer Florido’s dedication to excellence of technical knowledge exemplifies Navy core values,” said Capt. David Hart, SWRMC’s commanding officer. “I am extremely proud of his achievement and the example he has set for other Sailors at SWRMC.”
Florido believes that having four NECs validates his competency in these areas and sets an example for junior Sailors. He attributes his success to the environment at SWRMC and encouragement from leadership.
“I believe it is important to learn all you can while you are stationed at SWRMC so you can pass on that information to junior Sailors,” said Florido, “We have the opportunity to learn a lot while at this command. So we need to make sure we make the most of it.”
NAMTS NECs are an asset to the Sailors who achieve them, allowing them to become a well-rounded Sailor. “I don't have to be just a welder. I can be a part of a rig team on a duty day, or a Valve Repair Technician out on deployment. I have a wide range of skills now that I otherwise wouldn't have even considered possible for me had I not come to SWRMC,” said Florido.
The Navy’s NAMTS Program was established in 1998 by the Chief of Naval Operations to improve battlegroup organic maintenance capability and material self-sufficiency. The program was designed to provide self-sufficient Sailors at sea and enhance operational readiness due to a decreased dependence on external maintenance and technical assistance.
“Navy training programs like NAMTS functioning in a high velocity learning environment fosters collaboration and problem solving,” added Hart. “This directly empowers our people and motivates them to do and be better, elevating our fleet and further proving why the Navy depends on SWRMC.”
SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.
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