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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