Pearl Harbor course enhances global naval shipyard management skills

(Via Ho’okele News)

Four naval officers from the Philippine Navy and Royal Thai Navy completed a six-week-long International Shipyard Management Course (ISMC) held in Hawaii from March 3 through April 11.

Since its inception 16 years ago, 148 international naval officers have graduated from the course managed and executed by Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF).

This year’s attendees, officers from Thailand and the Philippines, learned about shipyard project management, capabilities, docking and undocking processes, security, quality assurance, safety and how to establish analysis programs. The last week of the course involved selected subjects requested by the international students and generic ship maintenance processes.

“Pearl is proud to continue its great tradition of teaching shipyard management fundamentals to international maritime leaders from allied and partner nations,” said Capt. Brian Osgood, shipyard commander.

“The shipyard is uniquely suited to teaching the ISMC, and we are the only naval shipyard designated to conduct this course.”

“ISMC is a shining example of how this shipyard supports the theater security cooperation program of not just U.S. Pacific Command, but also other U.S. geographic commands around the world,” Osgood said.

This year’s ISMC class visited the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Waikiki, a first for the course.

Osgood explained that the ISMC students benefit from the opportunity to see first-hand how a U.S. Navy shipyard operates, from hands-on-training to classroom lectures by shipyard subject matter experts.

“The students leave with valuable management skills and the knowledge they can use to improve upon their own processes back home,” he said. “While they learn how we (the shipyard) do business here at Pearl Harbor, they also learn about other shipyard models they can compare and contrast.”

The ISMC students said they were grateful for the opportunity to learn from the shipyard and the U.S. Navy. “We learned a lot, especially in the planning and estimating portion of the course,” said Philippine navy Cmdr. Mac Raul Racacho.

“We’re absorbing everything we’ve learned from the shipyard to bring back to our country and apply those best practices to our shipyard. It’s been a real privilege to learn from the U.S. Navy and the shipyard. It’s been a wonderful experience and we’re very lucky to have attended.

Thailand navy Lt. Siratol Rungratanaubol agreed. “It’s been a good experience, attending this course,” he said. “The importance of the chain of command, how to repair ships, and how to train people are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve gotten from ISMC.”

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