permanent billets over there for this I-level shop in
Bahrain. Because of its relatively limited capability, we
need to be well coordinated with the capability that the
PC and MCM maintenance support teams bring.”
“We really need the A-players over there because we
rely on Sailors and civilians that we send over there.
We’re looking for folks who have a little bit more expe-
rience and ability than the people we have in the state-
side RMCs,” he said.
Industry Partners, Corporate Approach
“Through partnership with the Navy, our private-sector
shipyards and industrial base play a pivotal role preparing our ships for forward-deployed service,” said retired
RADM Jeff Brooks, senior defense adviser for the Shipbuilders Council of America.
“These ships undergo major maintenance and mod-
ernization availabilities in our shipyards, ensuring they
are materially ready to execute their critical forward-
deployed mission. Our highly skilled ship repair
industrial base, with proven maintenance and modern-
ization experience, take great pride in providing this
service and stand ready throughout the ship’s deploy-
ment to provide full service support as required with
fly-away teams to execute critical maintenance, alter-
ations or engineering support. Maximizing the use of
the stateside industrial base will help to preserve these
national assets,” Brooks said.
According to commanding officer CAPT Jerry
Zinni, FDRMC currently has 185 personnel and is
growing to 250 by next year.
“Our mission is ‘fix ships and take care of our people,’ We have always gotten the ‘fix ships’ part done
well, we are focused on the best care of our people at
the tip of the spear,” he said.
“In Bahrain, where there are more PCs and MCMs
than ever before, our focus is supporting the expanded
mission by putting more people on the deck plates,”
Zinni said. “In Naples, we are completely embedded with
our Sixth Fleet customers and our technicians continue
to do fantastic work conducting Fleet Technical Assists.
“In Rota, we’re expanding our relationship with ISEMER. They do good work at a great price and there are
several opportunities to utilize more of their capabilities.
Our biggest bang for the buck is expanding our role in
the SIMA capabilities in both Bahrain and Rota,” he said.
“I like the corporate approach that is being built by
the command element in Naples,” Galinis said.
“They’re looking across the enterprise. In Rota, they’re
getting ready for those big availabilities, and in
Bahrain they’re establishing a good, solid I-level shop,
and looking downstream to get ready for the arrival of
the LCS.” ;
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The mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry gets underway from Naval Support Activity Bahrain Nov. 26, 2014. A
Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center detachment in Bahrain provides support to the four mine countermeasures ships and 10 patrol coastal ships forward deployed there.