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New GAO report on Littoral Combat Ship Maintenance

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a new report of potential interest to the life cycle logistics and product support community entitled “GAO-21-172 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS…

New GAO report on Littoral Combat Ship Maintenance

New GAO report on Littoral Combat Ship Maintenance
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a new report of potential interest to the life cycle logistics and product support community entitled “GAO-21-172 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS): Unplanned Work on Maintenance Contracts Creates Schedule Risk as Ships Begin Operations”.

According to the GAO, “Littoral Combat Ships were designed for smaller crews, which means they rely on contractors for maintenance more than ships with larger crews. This strategy—meant to cut costs—has posed challenges. For example, the Navy pays for U.S. contractors to travel overseas to perform maintenance. We also found significant unplanned work in maintenance contracts we reviewed—often because the Navy didn't understand ship condition before planning repairs. One effect of unplanned maintenance is schedule delays that limit fleet readiness. The Navy is beginning to take steps to address the effects of unplanned maintenance and to determine its cause.”