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NEWS | Aug. 3, 2020

Ceremony Frocks 101 Sailors to Next Rank at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center

By SWRMC Public Affairs

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) held a Frocking Ceremony on July 31 for 101 of its newly advanced Sailors.

Frocking is a time honored tradition dating back as early as 1802 and consists of Sailors assuming the uniform and responsibilities of the next higher rank.  This is a significant achievement in a service member’s career.  Frocking provides early recognition to Sailors selected for Petty Officer Third Class through Master Chief Petty Officer.  It is a testament to their commitment, skills, and capabilities as a leader.

 “The large number of SWRMC Sailors who advanced this year is a testament to the caliber of Sailor SWRMC strives to develop – the kind of Sailor that embodies the Navy core values and makes us an organization the Navy can depend on,” said Capt. David Hart, SWRMC’s commanding officer.  “I am proud of all the hard work, dedication and time that each and every one of them put in to reach this milestone.”

 The March 2020 Navy-wide Advancement Examination Cycle was unique due to increasing concern over COVID-19.  The First and Second Class Petty Officer examinations were held as usual.  The Third Class Petty Officer examinations were canceled and the criteria for selection was heavily based on performance.

 In keeping with CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, SWRMC leadership made the decision to limit the number of attendees at the ceremony to ensure a safe environment and allow for social distancing; while still continuing the time honored tradition of recognizing the Sailors and this significant milestone.

 During this advancement cycle, SWRMC averaged 33% of Sailors to advance across all ranks.  Advancement based on knowledge, performance, and merit is considered one of the best things about the Navy.  SWRMCs newly frocked Third Class Petty Officers nearly doubled the Navy average at 65%.

 “It is an honor to advance each and every one of you and I wish you continued success in your Naval career,” said Hart during the ceremony.  “The Navy needs strong leaders to ensure our future as a maritime force, and the Sailors that we recognized here are on that path.”

 SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.

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