JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Bill Moran, visited Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) here and spoke about fleet readiness, April 26.
During his visit, Adm. Moran called for SERMC personnel to maintain an "urgency" mindset regarding ship maintenance and repair. Adm. Moran also held an all-hands call, presented awards to SERMC sailors and civilians and toured production spaces.
"I am immensely proud of what I've seen come out of [SERMC], said Moran. "You guys are knocking it out of the park, but we need you to take it up a notch. Faster is not always better, but faster is needed without compromising quality. It comes down to taking care of our ships and completing maintenance and repairs on time and on budget, with the right people with the right skill sets."
The Navy Fleet currently has 283 ships and is moving toward 355 in the next 10-15 years, but to reach that goal the Navy must ensure every ship in the fleet today can go to sea and fight, which bodes well for SERMC and Naval Station Mayport.
"You're going to see Mayport continue to grow," said Moran. "In the next several years, you're going to have more ships, largely because of the number of LCSs that are coming to Mayport. The quality of the work that you're doing reinforces that decision."
Through the Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy Program, sailors with fleet experience acquire the skills necessary to perform maintenance on a variety of ship systems, including hydraulics and electrical components.
For more information about Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, please visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/CNRMC/SERMC/default.aspx
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