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Reduced Manning in DDG 51 Class Warships: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Ahead for Reduced Manning on all United States Navy Ships

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In an effort to move forward smartly with initiatives to reduce manning in U.S. Navy combatants, the Program Executive Office, Ships, commissioned a study to examine and analyze alternatives to reduce manning for Arleigh Burke Class ships with the expectation that lessons learned from this effort would not only benefit current and future flights of DDG 51 Class ships, but would also benefit future ship classes, particularly the DDX family of ships. The DDG 51 Reduced Manning Study Figure 1 was conducted in two phases by a Navy-Industry Team, Phase I Concept Study Hinkle and Glover 2003 - Concept and Phase II The Plan for Assured Manning Hinkle and Glover 2003 - Plan. This paper presents the significant results of the concept portion of this study. This study was coordinated with both past and ongoing manning reduction initiatives, particularly current reduced manning experiments being conducted by Commander, Naval Surface Forces. It came to important conclusions and recommendations regarding ways to reduce manning in DDG 51 Class ships and focused especially on changes in policy, processes, culture, and tradition. The studys manning reduction initiatives covered three primary areas 1 Achieving economies of scale by moving many functions currently performed by a ships crew off the ship, 2 Accepting increased levels of risk by eliminating or consolidating some watch stations and reducing some support and hotel services, and 3 Investing in emerging technologies that would reduce the numbers of Sailors needed onboard Navy ships. 11 figures, 9 refs.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Naval Surface Warfare
  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

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