Military Capabilities

GAO attributes US Navy readiness problems to continued maintenance delays

10 December 2019

The US Navy (USN) continues to face "persistent and substantial maintenance delays" that affect most of its maintenance efforts and hinder service attempts to restore readiness, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported earlier this month.

"From fiscal year (FY) 2014 to the end of fiscal year 2019, navy ships have spent over 33,700 more days in maintenance than expected," the GAO said in its report, 'Navy Maintenance, Persistent and Substantial Ship and Submarine Maintenance Delays Hinder Efforts to Rebuild Readiness', released on 4 December during testimony to the Senate Armed Service Committee Subcommittees on Seapower and Readiness and Management Support.

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