SAN DIEGO – USS Halsey’s (DDG 97) Micro-Miniature Repair (2-M) System was reported to have the highest screening percentage of depot level repair parts after a certification by Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) Dec 2.
“The 2-M system allows ship’s company to fix parts at sea, encourages cost-savings and enables ships to use saved funds for other things like newer computers,” said Chief Electronics Technician (SW) Tiffany Milne of SWRMC. “Anything that plugs into the bulkhead can be repaired using the 2-M system.”
The 2-M system has been employed since the 1970s, but has recently improved with enhanced training and advanced diagnostic computers.
Select Electronics Technicians aboard Halsey attend an intense two-month Micro-Miniature Electronics Repair School that includes eight-hour days and multiple hands-on projects. Once 2-M certification is attained, the qualified Sailor returns aboard equipped to collect and troubleshoot damaged circuit cards, cables, wires and other electronic equipment.
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Anthony Andersen said, “I find extreme job satisfaction in repairing a damaged part without off-ship assistance -- it’s my ship. My job is especially important when the damaged equipment is critical mission-essential gear. That’s when you can really puff your chest!”
Andersen and Sexton’s efforts have saved Halsey more than $5,000 this year alone. Halsey’s 2-M team screened twenty-one circuit cards in 2008 and only four were unrepairable using the 2-M program.
“Fewer things make me more proud than when our Sailors fix our equipment themselves. Additionally, our Sailors are ensuring optimum readiness afloat while achieving highly marketable skills and experience,” said Cmdr. Robert Beauchamp, Halsey’s commanding officer.
The certification involved verifying serial numbers of 2M equipment, spot check of repair parts, verifying personal school certifications up to date, ensuring shops met requirements, verifying documentation paperwork, ensuring most up to date software was installed, work station checklists were complete, electrostatic discharge protection was fully operational, verifying soldering tool integrity, and diagnostic computer functioning health.
The Pacific Fleet 2M Program is a $46 billion program designed to improve ships’ electronic repair abilities at sea while saving money for ships other vital needs .