An Examination of the Ship Material Condition Metrics (SMCM) Methodology
CNA Corporation Alexandria United States
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There is a perceived need for a single metric that represents the operational mechanical and electrical M and E readiness of ships. Such a number could be useful in maintenance planning, programming and execution in evaluating whether the fleet is ready for a contingency and in spotting systematic readiness deficiencies and making associated resource decisions. One effort to develop such a metric is the Ship Material Condition Metrics SMCM initiative developed at the Naval Warfare Assessment Station NWAS at Corona, California. NWAS was assisted in this effort by the Fleet Technical Support Center, Pacific FTSCPAC. As a pilot project, the formulas for the metric have been applied to the evaluation of the USS Lake Champlain CG-57. OpNav N81 asked CNA to evaluate the way the metric was constructed.