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DoD IG Audit of Actions to Address Aircraft Corrosion

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) has issued a new audit of interest entitled “Audit of Navy and Marine Corps Actions to Address Corrosion on F/A-18C-G Aircraft (DODIG-2021-133)”…

DoD IG Audit of Actions to Address Aircraft Corrosion

Bill Kobren

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) has issued a new audit of interest entitled “Audit of Navy and Marine Corps Actions to Address Corrosion on F/A-18C-G Aircraft (DODIG-2021-133)”

According to the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG), “the objective of this audit was to determine whether Navy and Marine Corps officials performed required inspections and maintenance to identify and address (prevent and correct) corrosion in F/A-18C-G aircraft and implemented, or plan to implement, technical directives to address corrosion on F/A-18C-G aircraft in accordance with DoD requirements….This audit was performed in response to a reporting requirement for the DoD Office of Inspector General contained in the House Armed Services Committee report that accompanied the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021. Specifically, the Committee directed us to review whether Department of the Navy (DON) maintainers performed organizational-level maintenance to address corrosion in F/A-18C-G aircraft.”

The report went on to state “based on our analysis of the inspections, maintenance, contractor reports about organizational-level corrosion, and actions taken by the DON to improve the condition of aircraft entering the service life extension programs, we concluded that: maintainers did not always perform the organizational-level inspections or maintenance to DON standards, and officials responsible for oversight of organizational-level inspections and maintenance did not always identify and correct work that did not meet the standards.”

The IG “…also recommend that the Commander, Naval Air Forces, assess the actions implemented to address corrosion and determine whether these actions resulted in fewer instances of corrosion that should have been identified at the organizational level, reduced costs, or improved readiness. If the actions have not led to those results, then the Commander should identify alternate initiatives to address organizational-level corrosion inspection and maintenance.”