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New GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this week issued a new report of interest to the life cycle logistics community entitled “GAO-22-104510 Navy Ship Maintenance: Actions Needed to…

New GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this week issued a new report of interest to the life cycle logistics community entitled “GAO-22-104510 Navy Ship Maintenance: Actions Needed to Monitor and Address the Performance of Intermediate Maintenance Periods”.

According to the GAO, “…high-priority planned ship and submarine maintenance happens pier-side in homeports, allowing the Navy to interrupt repairs and get ships underway quickly if needed. These "intermediate maintenance periods" are critical to fleet readiness, but the Navy generally doesn't collect or analyze sufficient data to monitor or improve them. For example, while the Navy had some FY 2015-2020 data on submarine maintenance periods—showing 2,525 days of delays—it didn't have other useful data for submarine, surface ship, or aircraft carrier maintenance periods. Our recommendations are to help the Navy improve its oversight and address other challenges.”