CNE Teaches Valve Maintenance to Ensure Fleet Readiness

Story Number: NNS100205-21Release Date: 2/5/2010 1:31:00 PM
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From Training Support Center Hampton Roads and Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) now offers courses on valve maintenance to East Coast-based Sailors at their learning facility in Norfolk to ensure fleet readiness.

CNE will also offer the course to West Coast-based Sailors at their learning facility in San Diego by mid- March.

The course is part of CNE's newest addition to its curriculum called A+ Training. The course will help ensure Sailors maintain their skillset after initial training at "A" School. In the future, A+ Training will also include water-tight door maintenance, pump maintenance and electrical control device maintenance.

"A+ Training came about after analyzing inspection reports and receiving feedback from the fleet," said Master Chief Hull Technician Ronnie Merriman, CNE leading chief petty officer. "We're doing our part to ensure fleet readiness by providing training that's current and up-to-date."

"The course is designed to build on existing skills and abilities, and provide 'by the book' procedural knowledge," said CNE's Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Patrick Wesley. "Sailors need to identify discrepancies, conduct preventative and corrective maintenance and valve replacement."

The course is also an alternative for ships to save money on replacement, and repair by civilian contractor costs.

"Instead of purchasing new valves Sailors will be able to repair valves instead of having their ship spend time and money on valve replacement," said Wesley. "Our intent is to have Sailors who complete the course to report back to their ship's more confident and competent in their maintenance abilities."

"We make the training as real as possible so that when the student reports back to their ship they have the knowledge and ability to do their job," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Mark Shayaye, valve maintenance course instructor. "The positive response to the training has been overwhelming."

CNE will also offer the course to West Coast-based Sailors at their learning facility in San Diego by mid- March.

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