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Maintenance University provides maintenance management and integrated maintenance process briefings structured to address the concerns of each shipboard organizational tier as well as those of off-ship Maintenance Team members. Included are sharing best practices, applying lessons learned and helping to establish and sustain common practices across the Force. The material is presented by recognized SMEs in a pseudo seminar format.

The briefings’ primary focus is understanding the basics, how policy transitions to process, and how existing processes help ship’s force and the Maintenance Team to better identify, document, plan and manage work using available AIS tools and 3-M processes. MU integrates the contemporary maintenance concepts of Reliability Centered Maintenance, Condition Based Maintenance, and Continuous Maintenance in the context of the current maintenance initiatives.

MU Brief Summaries

All briefs are specifically tailored to the target audience typically using appropriate metrics and practical examples. Several briefings include hands on use of AIS tools. Each attendee receives a disk containing current references and aids in managing maintenance appropriate to their billet.

MU Mission

OMNAVSURFOR established the Maintenance University (MU) in 1998 to support the 74 Atlantic Fleet and 72 Pacific Fleet surface ships. MU delivers both classroom and shipboard technical expertise and training consistent with the TYCOM’s mission to provide trained Sailors and crews to support Fleet Commander deployment priorities, with the complementary goal of establishing an enhanced culture of maintenance excellence onboard COMNAVSURFLANT ships. Specifically, MU provides the ship with a unique combination of administrative, material assessment, and hands-on technical training delivered by subject matter experts. This includes practical exercises to improve the conduct of preventative maintenance, corrective maintenance and sustained self-assessment.

MU provides the crews of surface ships, as well as shore based managers, with the knowledge required to successfully plan and execute the spectrum of shipboard maintenance processes, from CNO Availabilities to Ship’s Force Upkeeps. All MU briefings are referenced based, real-time current, provide an integrated understanding if maintenance processes, best practices and lessons learned. They are tailored to the target audience, from Major Commanders and Department Heads to Work Center Supervisors, and delivered as an integral part of the Surface Warfare Officer training program at Newport, Rhode Island and at Fleet Concentration Centers.

MU Announcements

Directions to our training facilities

Briefs are being scheduled in Norfolk, VA and San Diego, CA. Please refer to the briefing schedules below.

Surface Ship MU Schedule in Norfolk, VA

Norfolk Briefs scheduled for FY-2017

Briefs are conducted at:
Norfolk Naval Base Training Support Center
Hampton Roads Bldg N-30
1474 Gilbert St., Rooms 228 & 231
All classes start at 0800

For reservations in any of the Norfolk scheduled training briefs, contact:
Jonathan Crum
Phone: (757) 631-2283, E-mail:

Surface Ship MU Schedule in San Diego, CA

San Diego Briefs scheduled for FY-2017

Briefs are conducted at:

San Diego Naval Base,
(SWRMC Training Bldg 20)
All classes start at 0800

For reservations in any of the San Diego scheduled briefs

Pat Farrell
Phone: (858) 522-6122, E-mail:

Contact MU

Briefs outside Norfolk and San Diego occur 4-6 times a year in most ports and are coordinated with local ISICs/leadership for ship availability. They are typically advertised 4-6 weeks in advance by message and or email.

If you have unique or special scheduling requirements, please contact the MU Technical Director:

John Cordle
Phone: (757) 631-2304,

For questions or more information on Surface Ship Maintenance Briefs, or to schedule briefs outside the San Diego area, please contact one of our MU Instructors:

Wally Wardzinski (Norfolk)
Phone: (757) 226-1589

Paul Cherry (Norfolk)
Phone: (757) 226-1838

Floyd Osborne (San Diego)
Phone: (858) 522-6044

Desi Contreras (San Diego)
Phone: (858) 522-6123