Story Number: NNS140314-01Release Date: 3/14/2014 7:44:00 AM
By Douglas Denzine, Norfolk Ship Support Activity Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Executive Director William Deligne toured labs and facilities that aid Intermediate-level maintenance and capabilities at Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) in Norfolk, Va. March 13.
NSSA is one of NAVSEA's more than three dozen field activities, which provides maintenance and modernization to ships operating within the Atlantic, 5th and 6th Fleets, ensuring global force readiness.
"This was an opportunity to show leadership firsthand what our Regional Maintenance Center (RMC) is all about," said NSSA Executive Director Dennis Bevington. "NAVSEA is a very broad organization and even though we here at NSSA live and breathe the daily life as an RMC, the leadership at NAVSEA has thousands of responsibilities that extend beyond our scope. This was a great opportunity for us to reinforce the importance of the work accomplished by the RMCs every day and how we fit into NAVSEA's overall mission."
Deligne began his day at Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) where their Executive Director, Robert G. Butler, Jr. briefed Deligne on the maintenance and modernization capabilities present at each of the RMCs.
The brief was followed by a tour of NSSA's Buildings CEP-200 and LF-18 located at Naval Station Norfolk. Deligne was given the opportunity to see NSSA Sailors and civilian technicians and engineers working technical assistance on many ships that are currently undergoing Phased Maintenance Availabilities (PMA).
"For me this visit was about getting a better understanding of the larger NAVSEA enterprise," said Deligne. "I grew up in the aircraft carrier and nuclear worlds, so shipyards were very much a part of my life for twenty years, but not so much the RMCs."
Among the labs visited was the AN/SLQ-32 EW Lab, which serves as an integral part of NSSA's local and global direct Fleet support to the ship's cryptologic technician Sailors. Deligne was also taken through various production shops, and given a chance to meet many of the Maintenance Assist Team (MAT) members. Each of the MATs has a ship specific concentration aimed at finding, documenting and fixing discrepancies on the deck plates.
"Coming down and seeing the different types of technical and I-level capabilities we have here at NSSA RMC is just invaluable for me. Now I get to take that information back with me to headquarters and hopefully connect some dots and make us all better as an enterprise," said Deligne.
Currently, NSSA is working Total Ship Readiness Assessments, Ballistic Missile Defense upgrades, and PMAs on nearly a dozen ships.