By Ryo Isobe, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) recently conducted 2016 Strategic Plan (STP) All Hands Events at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Fleet Theater, Jan. 19 to 22. Commanding Officer Capt. Garrett Farman briefed this year’s STP for SRF-JRMC. Attendees included the entire command’s workforce, consisting of Master Labor Contract (MLC) Japanese members and U.S. Navy military and civilian personnel.
The event’s purpose was to provide employees a broader awareness of SRF-JRMC’s direction in 2016.
“One of the goals of this year’s STP is to focus and center on challenges employees experience every day,” said Farman “so each employee can easily relate strategic plan actions to their daily jobs and work environment.”
In Nov. 2015, SRF-JRMC Executive Steering Committee (ESC) members held a five-day offsite workshop to develop the 2016 STP. As a follow up to the workshops, the STP All Hands Event was conducted to communicate the vision from the most senior leader in the command to every member of the command.
“Due to the importance of the STP, this All Hands Event is conducted to communicate the STP to the workforce,” added Farman. “It ensures all employees and military personnel have a common vision to achieve our strategic goals.”
Farman spoke about the significance of SRF-JRMC’s mission statement, “Keep the Seventh Fleet Operationally Ready,”.
“The wonderful thing about our mission statement is that anybody in our organization can tie what they do to that mission statement,” said Farman. “It is also very simple, and you can remember it.”
Farman also revealed the upcoming year’s vision, which breaks down into two points. The first point states SRF-JRMC will be “the high performing maintenance provider that is known for its team spirit, respectful working environment, and diversity of thought, [all the while] providing challenging and professional development opportunities.”
The second point of SRF-JRMC’s 2016 vision encourages “‘nandemo dekimasu’ spirit” – which in English means ‘we can do anything” – or, in other words, a mentality of continuous improvement in order to satisfy diverse customer needs.
Farman emphasized that SRF-JRMC’s people is the command’s most important and valuable asset in achieving their mission.
“It is vital to ensure that everyone in the workforce understands the STP exactly and we afford an opportunity to discuss with all members of our command, both our Japan and U.S. members,” said ESC member and Production Department Head, Lt. Cmdr. Shaun Hayes.
SRF-JRMC provides ship maintenance and modernization for Commander, Naval Forces Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet using advanced industrial techniques while keeping the Seventh Fleet operationally ready.