Keeping the 7th Fleet well maintained and operationally ready to go into harm’s way is the responsibility of Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka and the detachment in Sasebo, Japan. Together the repair facilities are responsible for maintaining and repairing the 22 ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) serving in 7th Fleet, and ships homeported stateside operating in the 7th Fleet area of operation.
The U.S. civil service (USCS) workforce is critical to the daily operations of SRF Yokosuka, providing engineering, technical, supervisory, advisory, managerial, financial, security and other services that cannot be delegated to foreign nationals. Additionally, USCS and military personnel provide most Fleet Tech Assist (FTA) support.
To that end, Peggy Hough travelled from Japan to visit with SERMC personnel about civil service jobs available in Japan, and the unique pay and benefits that accompany these jobs.
“Working in Japan offers both the experience and opportunity of a lifetime, the pace is high speed – you’ll perform within a tighter timeframe. You’ll learn more, and you’ll learn it faster. You’ll have more responsibility and authority. Serving in Japan can be good for your personal development and good for your career,” Hough said.
SRF Yokosuka is a full-service, non-nuclear naval shipyard providing modernization, maintenance and repair to 7th Fleet ships through depot-level maintenance availabilities (including dry-dockings), Continuous Maintenance Availabilities (CMAV), Fleet Technical Assistance (FTA), and emergent repairs. SRF-JRMC has a large, organic Japanese National workforce in Yokosuka, supplemented by local private contractors.
During a typical year, SRF Yokosuka plans and executes 400,000 to 450,000 man-days of depot-level work on FDNF ships and accomplishes approximately 80% of the port workload with its organic workforce. Of significance, SRF Yokosuka has annual maintenance availabilities on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
SRF Yokosuka dry-docking facilities can support timely dry-docking of most ships in the U.S. Navy inventory. Facilities include 6 graving docks with a combined displacement of 530,000 tons, 19 wet berth locations, 10 industrial buildings with combined workshop space of 960,000 square feet, and 15,300 combined feet of pier to support maintenance, including a pier specifically designed for the carrier.
SRF Yokosuka currently employs nearly 120 U.S. military, more than 325 civilian personnel, and nearly 2,500 full-time Japanese Nationals (including nearly 350 in the Sasebo Detachment) throughout the organization.
For more information about ship repair facilities in Japan, visit: http://www.srf.navy.mil/.