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Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic

SURFLANT to Host Waterfront Self-Sufficiency Symposium

by Lt. j.g. Caroline Leya, SURFLANT Public Affairs
03 August 2021

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Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) will host a Waterfront Self-Sufficiency Symposium at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 11-13.
The multi-day event will focus on empowering Sailors to assess and repair material discrepancies by utilizing on-ship resources, thereby maintaining and enhancing warfighting capabilities. It will include information booths, expert-led presentations and discussion panels on preventive and corrective maintenance. Other topics to be discussed will include fiber optics, training videos, and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
Led by Capt. David Fowler, SURFLANT assistant chief of staff for readiness and assessments, the 3-day event will emphasize how valuable it can be when crews become more self-reliant.
“The symposium aims to give Sailors and leaders the tools to more effectively maintain their ships without the need for outside assistance,” he said. “We’re excited to engage the waterfront and provide the resources needed to increase awareness and knowledge of maintenance resources and best practices to enhance unit level self-sufficiency.”
Tailored to address specific audiences each day, first day messaging and content is designed for command leaders, from department head level up to the Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC). The panels and presentations planned for subsequent days target divisional leadership, including ISIC staff, chief petty officers, and Sailors. All symposium events will take place in the C-9 auditorium.

For more details and event times, please continue monitoring this story and the SURFLANT Facebook page. 
SURFLANT mans, trains and equips assigned surface forces and shore activities, ensuring a capable force for conducting prompt and sustained operations in support of United States national interests. The SURFLANT force is composed of nearly 80 ships and more than 30 shore commands.

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