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US MSC misreported sealift readiness, IG reports

28 January 2020
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A recently released report from the Pentagon Inspector General (IG) has said the Military Sealift Command (MSC) did not accurately report the readiness status for 15 MSC-owned surge sealift ships during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and FY 2018.

In its report ‘Audit of Surge Sealift Readiness Reporting’, which was released on 24 January, the IG determined the MSC inaccurately reported the readiness status of the vessels because the command relied on ship contractors to accurately report ship readiness.

“MSC officials stated they believed that the ship’s captains were in the best position to assess the ability of the ship to meet mission requirements and therefore the MSC did not have procedures to verify that ship inspection reports matched casualty reports or to reconcile ship casualty reports to the DRRS-N ship readiness status,” the IG reported.

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