Surface Ship Intermediate Maintenance.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST WASHINGTON DC
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Surface ship intermediate maintenance is performed by intermediate maintenance activities IMAs, depots, and a wide variety of other shore-based Navy and contractor organizations. The military-staffed IMAs are the keystone of the Navys intermediate maintenance system for surface ships. The afloat IMAs tenders and repair ships are the only deployable elements of that system. Thus, intermediate maintenance on the complex and high priority equipment is being provided at shorebased, nondeployable activities. While this support may be cost-effective in meeting peacetime equipment readiness objective, it makes combat sustainability even more difficult, if not unattainable. The limited IMA role in the support of combat essential equipment is not consistent with the wartime need for rapid forward repair to sustain fleet combat operations. For critical systems and end items, repairs during wartime will likely be performed outside the theater of operations, with the associated long supply lines, lengthy repair times, and reliance upon heavily taxed airlift capability. We recommend that DoD place greater emphasis on ensuring that direct maintenance units i.e., organizational and intermediate are ready to perform their wartime missions. To achieve this, we suggest, as an initial step, a joint OSDService dialogue to explore avenues for enhancing unit readiness.
- Marine Engineering