By Ryo Isobe, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The newest employees of Yokosuka’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) participated in a welcome aboard orientation, held Feb. 3-5, 2016.
The three-day event allowed the new employees to gain familiarity with the command’s various functions, departments, supporting codes and shops. The event also provided introductions from shop and code representatives. On the third day, the employees were guided on a shop tour and visited various ship repair sites.
Yokosuka SRF-JRMC is a large organization with more than 2,000 Japanese employees across various departments. To broadly acquaint and familiarize new employees with the command, the SRF-JRMC Training Division conducts this event.
“You have joined a history of people who built, repaired and modernized ships in this facility,” said SRF-JRMC Commanding Officer Capt. Garrett Farman to the newest employees.
Farman stressed that safety comes first over anything else at SRF-JRMC. He also explained every employee directly contributes to the command’s mission in keeping the 7th Fleet Operationally Ready.
“A job can’t be successful at SRF-JRMC without the support, preparation and groundwork of its team members,” added Farman. “We believe people are the most important resource to this facility and its mission. Everybody in this organization contributes to delivering ships on time. If one element in SRF fails in its job, everyone suffers and our mission suffers.
“Some of you work closest to the ships, but you really can’t accomplish your job without support from everyone else in the organization. Take pride in your job, and realize that you are providing a product for somebody else in the organization. And, always do your best. Together as a team, we can do amazing things. Our motto is Nandemo Dekimasu, meaning we can do anything. That doesn’t mean we can do everything. But rather, we can do anything we set our mind to!”
The orientation is also an opportunity to understand SRF-JRMC’s range of operations in more detail, including safety, environmental management, continuous improvement and nuclear powered warship safety training.
“I work in an office space,” said Machinery Group Administrative Specialist Ai Kamiya. “I am pleased to have an opportunity to visit and see jobsites that I normally don’t step into.”
“Now, I understand I’m supporting and contributing to the jobs they are doing, even in the background. If I had the chance, I would like to go onboard the Navy ships.” Prior to joining SRF-JRMC, Kamiya worked in customer service at a personal computer help desk. She said she wants to make use of her previous experience in her current job.
“It was a fruitful experience for me,” said Engineering Aide Yasuharu Takita. He joined SRF-JRMC’s Inspection, Lifting and Handling Department in the Test and Quality Assurance Division.
“SRF-JRMC is an organization which places high value on its cultural and occupational diversity,” said Farman. “The superior strength and capability of this ship repair facility is attributed to its employees. They are the ones who bring new ideas regarding improvements on the way we do business.”