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Navy Actions to Improve Overhaul Work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The Navys Service Life Extension Program SLEP is designed to add 15 years to an aircraft carriers service life by restoring, preserving, modernizing, and replacing necessary material, systems, and equipment. The U.S.S. Saratoga was the first large deck carrier to undergo major overhaul work at PNSY in over 10 years. To do this job, and other ongoing work, the shipyard increased its work force from 8,600 to 11,000. Our objectives were to evaluate the reasonableness and adequacy of Navy actions to improve overall performance at PNSY and to review steps taken to preclude a recurrence of technical problems similar to those experienced on the Saratoga on future aircraft carrier SLEPs. To address those objectives, we examined Navy studies of PNSY operations amd PNSYs approach to correcting the deficiencies identified by the studies. In addition, we reviewed 10 of the Saratogas major systems and components identified as having technical problems, such as aircraft actions taken to preclude a recurrence of similar problems on future SLEPs.
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