Navy Maintenance: Cost Growth and Schedule Overrun Problems Continue at the Shipyards
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The Navy spends over 4 billion a year to accomplish depot level maintenance and modernization of Navy ships at public and private ship-yards. At the request of the House Committee on Award Services, GAO determined the extent and causes of cost growth and schedule overruns at the shipyards. Since the early 1970s, the Navy has revised its strategies for maintaining and modernizing ships by scheduling fewer regular overhauls and, instead, performing shorter, more frequent depot level repairs. Work on more complex ships, such as submarines, carriers, and nuclear-powered surface ships, such as submarines, carriers, and nuclear-powered surface ships, generally is done in eight public shipyards. Work on less complex ships, such as auxiliary and amphibious ships, is routinely done in 44 private shipyards. The Naval Sea Systems Command is responsible for the maintenance and modernization of Navy ships and has management control of the eight public shipyards and 15 Supervisors of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair offices. The latter offices plan and manage work on Navy ships performed at private shipyards located in their geographical areas.
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