GAO: Rebuilding Ship, Submarine, and Aviation Readiness Will Require Time and Sustained Management Attention

Since 2015, we have made 45 recommendations to help the Navy and Marine Corps ensure they have the personnel and equipment they need to be ready for their operations. We discussed the two services’ readiness challenges in this testimony, including: Personnel shortfalls and gaps in experience leading to high sailor workloads Maintenance delays that prevent ships and submarines from operating Unavailable aircraft in both the Navy and the Marine Corps While the services have taken initial steps to rebuild military readiness, fully addressing these challenges while balancing high demands will require years of…

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Actions Needed to Address Costly Maintenance Delays Facing the Attack Submarine Fleet

November 19, 2018 – Navy shipyards have been unable to keep up with maintenance demands for attack submarines. As a result, the Navy has spent $1.5 billion since 2008 to support submarines that it could not deploy. For example, the USS Boise has been docked for over 2 years while waiting for maintenance — with the Navy paying to support it. The Navy has begun to hire more workers at its shipyards and, in some cases, has shifted more work to private shipyards. We recommended the Navy assess how to…

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Congressional Research Service Reports on US Navy

Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Gun-Launched Guided Projectile Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs Navy Frigate (FFG[X]) Program Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Navy LPD-17 Flight II (LX[R]) Amphibious Ship Program Navy Ship Names Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans

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Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

e Navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then, the Navy has: fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, experienced many years of schedule delays, delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices. The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined…

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Most Training Providers Expect to Implement Revised International Maritime Standards by the Deadline Despite Challenges

What GAO Found Most training providers (80 percent) who responded to GAO’s survey reported that they were satisfied with guidance the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) provided to assist them in implementing the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements. However, 58 percent of respondents, including state maritime academies, private for-profit colleges, and others, reported that the lack of timely Coast Guard guidance for developing a quality assurance process—Quality Standards System (QSS)—affected their ability to implement the revised STCW requirements. A QSS is…

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