Story by Keiichi Adachi, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
In support of the command mission to maintain the readiness of Seventh Fleet, U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) performs a wide range of ship repairs, maintenance and modernization on forward deployed ships operating from the ports of Yokosuka and Sasebo.
One of the many efforts vital to supporting SRF-JRMC’s mission is the preparation of Technical Work Documents (TWD) by Engineering and Planning Department’s Electrical, Electronics and Ordnance Planning Section.
“We prepare TWDs to provide job specifications included manning and materials requirements and information for ordering the material for ship modernization, maintenance and repair work on electrical, electronic and ordnance systems,” said Naomi Sekiya, Electrical, Electronics and Ordnance Planning Section Head.
According to Sekiya, SRF-JRMC has specialized sections for Hull Planning, Machinery Planning, Boiler and Pipe Planning, and Electrical, Electronic and Ordnance Planning, all under the Planning Branch of the Engineering and Planning Department.
He added that there are about 100 specialized planners in the four job planning sections, who work closely together to generate TWDs as many jobs involve more than one area. “We always try to provide TWDs that each shop can work and complete in a timely manner,” Sekiya said.
“Each TWD contains one job assignment,” he said. “A Seventh Fleet ship places a request to repair or maintain certain shipboard equipment, which requires four processes to complete. Four TWDs at a minimum are required to complete the job order. If additional jobs are found or required, the number of TWDs will be increased.”
Sekiya explained that shops cannot begin work on their assigned job until the TWD is completed.
Maintaining ships’ operations and schedules are Seventh Fleet’s highest priority, which means that services performed by SRF-JRMC must be correct and timely, he conveyed.
“Successful, on-time completion of Ship Restricted Availabilities (SRA), dry-docking SRAs, continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAVs), and emergent repairs require us to complete our daily jobs accurately and promptly. Our section may be modest within SRF-JRMC, but our role for the command is vital,” Sekiya said.