By Scott Curtis
SERMC Public Affairs
Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) embarked on a mission to educate, support and promote collaboration across the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Enterprise recently.
SERMC's Outside Machine Shop hosted two members from Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) to provide on-the-job training in troubleshooting, repairing, and installing Teleflex remote operator assemblies.
Teleflex is used to remotely operate various valves and other closures onboard ships.
Currently, SERMC is the only regional maintenance center in the Navy that conducts Teleflex repairs on U.S. Navy ships. Teleflex are different than traditional remote assemblies because the cable allows for bends without the need for gear boxes and universal joints, which can be expensive to replace.
"Many surface ships today have Teleflex installed onboard, so our sharing of knowledge with SWRMC has a direct impact on their capabilities, and helps ensure timely repairs to the Fleet," said SERMC's Commanding Officer Capt. Dave Gombas.
Teleflex has been designed with a minimum number of parts, all of which are enclosed in a sealed system for increased reliability. Because the Teleflex system is permanently lubricated during assembly, regular maintenance is not required.
"The elimination of regular maintenance, and subsequent cost savings, make Teleflex a great replacement for legacy remote operating systems currently in use," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Hanna.
The training also presented an opportunity to work toward a Navy Enlisted Classification, or NEC, through the Naval Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS).
"This training will help me identify problems with Teleflex assemblies and fix them without having to call outside techs. I have a much better understanding now," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Gary Zhen from SWRMC.
Once Sailors like Zhen transfer to their next sea-duty billet, they enhance their ship with greater knowledge and experience.
"NAMTS is not just a JQR (Joint Qualification Requirements) qualification; it tells your leaders you are motivated and have the skills to do the work," said SERMC's Regional NAMTS Coordinator Osbert N. Teeka-Singh.