Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Visits SERMC

Story Number: NNS131105-22Release Date: 11/5/2013 9:12:00 PM
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By Chris Tucker, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NSM) (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL) visited the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) at Naval Station Mayport (NSM) on Oct 29.

During his visit to SERMC, Gumataotao was given an extensive tour of the command, including SERMC's production department, which reconstituted its intermediate maintenance level capabilities in June 2011.

"It warms my heart to see the training that Sailors are receiving here at SERMC once again," said Gumataotao. "We are one team and Sailors learning the skills to maintain their ships once they go back out to the fleet is what it is all about."

Gumataotao observed the production of a main reduction gear jacking tool on the Electro Arc Discharge Machine (EDM) located in SERMC's inside machine shop. SERMC has the only such EDM machine in the Navy which allows cuts to be made into steel within a tolerance of one-ten thousandths of an inch. As a result, it allows SERMC's inside machine shop to produce parts for ships much faster and efficiently.

"It was rewarding for the Admiral to appreciate our production capabilities and to point out that the work we do is making a difference on the waterfront," said Machinery Repairman 1st Class Jeremiah Love, the leading petty officer of the inside machine shop at SERMC.

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