By Scott Curtis and GSMC Darwin Demeterio
SERMC Public Affairs
"The Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS) is an important program here at Southeast Regional Maintenance Center," said SERMC Commanding Officer Capt. Dave Gombas. "NAMTS gives Sailors ship maintenance and repair training so when they return to sea duty, they have additional skills to keep their ships operational and fully mission ready without having to seek assistance from the outside to support that mission."
To expand the advantage, the SERMC Gas Turbine Shop recently sent an open invitation to all Mayport-based ships to receive Gas Turbine, Basic Engineering and Quality Assurance (QA) training. USS Roosevelt (DDG 86) was the first ship to take advantage of the opportunity.
Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Moses Ichangai, the Gas Turbine Repair NAMTS coordinator, led the training on the standard Variable Stator Vane (VSV) components, inspection and replacement utilizing the in-shop LM2500 Gas Turbine trainer. The standard VSV control is an engine mounted, closed-loop system that sets the VSV position based on gas generator speed and air inlet temperature.
"The NAMTS program is centered on OJT (on the job training); it is not a classroom NEC. It is hands on, meaning you have to have the knowledge to perform the tasks. NAMTS is a great opportunity for Sailors to obtain knowledge, and take that knowledge back to the Fleet," said Osbert Teeka-Singh, SERMC's Regional NAMTS Coordinator.
"Traditional schoolhouses can only go so far," Ichangai said. "What we offer to USS Roosevelt is hands-on work on a daily basis, digging deeper into gear than they're allowed to go aboard ships."
"That young sailor coming off the ship is used to doing O level (organizational level) maintenance," Ichangai added. "Most of it is planned, preventive maintenance and on a lesser level, they do very basic corrective maintenance while the ship is at sea."
By spending time doing intermediate level maintenance - complicated repairs beyond the skills and facilities available to a ship crew - Sailors gain a deeper understanding of the requirements of their ratings, invaluable knowledge for advancement tests and job performance.
The next steps for the Gas Turbine Shop will be to include more engineering personnel and Junior Officers by equipping them with Turbine Theory, general gas turbine knowledge as well as proper maintenance and good engineering practices.
Currently, SERMC has 116 Sailors enrolled in the NAMTS program and has seen a steady increase in participation ever since the program was reconstituted a few years ago.
For more information about Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/CNRMC/SERMC/default.aspx