The Philippine Fleet activated the Philippine Fleet Organizational Repair and Maintenance Team (PFORMT) during a ceremony on January 22, 2021 at Arayon Hall, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Cavite City.
The ceremony was presided by Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Loumer P. Bernabe.
“The PFORMT was organized and activated to cater the organizational and intermediate level of maintenance and repair of Philippine Fleet floating assets wherein the concept of deployment is anchored at the whole system approach,” the Philippine Fleet said.
It noted that PFORMT was established as the mobile repair team (Fly Away Team) that will undertake necessary repairs and conduct thorough inspection of all systems under Engineering Department aboardship in order to determine the overall status of machineries and equipment related to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
“They are also tasked to perform inspection, validation, and assessment of encountered M&R concerns of PF vessels deployed,” the Philippine Fleet added. “In addition, the PFORMT already accomplished the following: Stripping of power pack of former BRP RIZAL (PS74) for use of BRP DAGUPAN (LS551); Servicing of BRP BAGOBO (LC293) reduction gears; Servicing of after cooler of BRP MANUEL GOMEZ (PC388) Main Propulsion Diesel Engines Model Cat C32; and troubleshooting of BRP TAUSUG (LC295) Main propulsion Diesel Engine Model Cummins KTA19M experiencing auto shutdown when in operation.”
“Once this team will serve as a mobile fly away team to cater organizational and limited intermediate level of M&R of PF floating assets a whole engineering systems approach will be carried out to determine the overall condition of all machineries and equipment. Though this team is being represented by only sixteen members as of this time, the support and appreciation that will be given by each and everyone will definitely contribute for this newly created team to be more equipped, well trained and complete in order to become sustainable that in the long run will significantly benefit our organization” Rear Admiral Bernabe said.