Hull Technicians Hone Their Skills
MARMC welds the Navy's finest
With sparks flying, loud bangs of steel colliding and screeches from metal grinding, a hardened chief tightens his lips, slightly resembling a smile, as he sips his morning coffee.
From the outside it may seem like chaos, but for the Sailors inside it's just another day at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
"We fix and maintain all tenant units on the waterfront at Naval Station Norfolk," said Chief Hull Technician Gary Reed, the production officer at MARMC. "MARMC is the largest maintenance facility in the nation. We put out more production on a daily basis than any other regional maintenance centers in the country."
MARMC is a facility that focuses on wielding, brazing, pipe repair, watertight door repair, and anything else related to steel aboard a ship. Although mostly hull technicians work there, there are Sailors from other rates that are stationed there or go for training.
"People from all rates of the Navy work here," said Reed. "Sailors whose qualifications are going to lapse can get them back up. All aspects of wielding qualifications can be obtained here."