Military Capabilities

US Navy agrees to further review of overseas surface-ship maintenance delays

27 February 2020

The US Navy (USN) concurred with a recent recommendation in a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to further review overseas surface-ship maintenance delays and use the findings to develop a plan to address those problems.

Specifically, in its report, 'Navy Ship Maintenance, Actions Needed to Address Maintenance Delays for Surface Ships Based Overseas', released on 26 February, the GAO recommended the USN charge a single entity to conduct a single, comprehensive systematic analysis of overseas surface ship maintenance delays to identify the underlying, interrelated causes of the delays and develop a plan to address these problems.

“Such a plan should incorporate results-oriented elements, including analytically based goals, identification of risks to achieving those goals, identification of required resources and stakeholders, metrics to measure progress, and regular reporting on progress,” the GAO said, and the USN should ensure that Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) assesses and mitigates risks posed by any challenges, such as persistent delays and capacity limitations, to successful implementation of its new maintenance approach in Japan.

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