A Comparative Analysis of Ship Operational Test and Evaluation in the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Navy
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis provides a comparative analysis of ship Operational Test and Evaluation OT and E in the United States Navy USN and the Royal Australian Navy RAN. It also reviews the acceptance and introduction into service procedures for warships in both Navies, Including the input from OT and E. This study analyses USN and RAN Ship OT and E organisation, policy, and procedures, and then compares and contrasts the two systems. The study, finds that the RAN OT and E system, although originally based on USN OT and E philosophy, now differs n the importance, interpretation, application and focus of OT and E. It concludes that to achieve efficient and effective trials and acceptance of the new higher risk warships currently under construction, the RAN OT and E system needs to be revised. A model for OT and E in the RAN is proposed based on the principles derived from the USN system. The recommendations include the initial conduct of OT and E in land based test sites, followed by dedicated Whole Ship OT and E for the first of class.
- Marine Engineering