Partially plagiarized from a Yokosuka Seahawk article by Jack
The concept of
mobile technical assistance began with the inception of the Mobile Electronics
Technical Units (METU) in 1951, which were commissioned as miscellaneous afloat
units under the administrative control of Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet. The METU's operated both afloat and ashore as flexible fleet support activities under service squadron commanders. METU's were combined
with the Mobile Ordnance Support Units (MOSU) by the CNO on April 1, 1963 and
designated Fleet Mobile Technical Units with an increased role in the integrated
weapon systems. A METU was established in Yokosuka during the 1950's with
the official establishment of MOTU Seven on April 1, 1963.
The mission of MOTU Seven was to promote technical operating forces, through on
the job training in maintenance self-sufficiency and operation of shipboard
electronics and weapons systems, and on board technical assistance to effect
repairs not requiring the facilities of an industrial activity. MOTU
Seven's area of responsibility extended from the Marianas Archipelago to the Persian Gulf.
The wartime MOTU mission included combat systems suite grooming and augmentation
of tenders for forward ship battle damage repairs.
was normally manned with a complement of 2 Officers, a Storekeeper and Yeoman
for administrative support and 25 Chief Petty Officers in the Electronics, Fire
Control, Electronic Warfare, Data Systems, Gunner's Mate, Interior
Communications and Sonar Technician ratings in addition to civilian contractors
with specialized skills.
30, 1994 MOTU Seven was officially disestablished when all Pacific Fleet MOTU's
merged with Naval Sea Support Center Pacific (NAVSEACENPAC) and the Performance
Monitoring Teams (PMT) to become Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific,
Detachment Yokosuka with detachments in Sasebo and Singapore thus ending over 31
years of technical support to the Fleet.
With the advance of technology,
"Distant Support" has become the primary means of technical assistance, taking
away the advantage of one on one training with the sailors on board and the
ability to promote maintenance self-sufficiency.
On September 30, 2004 FTSCPAC Det
Yokosuka officially disestablished with the mission and personnel being
absorbed by Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka Combat Systems and Engineering codes
ending over 50 years of the concept of mobile technical assistance by an