Navy Shipbuilding: Opportunities Exist to Improve Practices Affecting Quality
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Pagination or Media Count:
The Navy expects to spend about 15 billion per year to provide its fleet with the most advanced ships to support national defense and military strategies. Problems with recently delivered ships have focused attention on quality issues. House Report No. 112-110, accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 2012, mandated that GAO review the Navys quality assurance processes for new ship construction. This report discusses, among other issues, 1 quality problems in constructing recently delivered ships and Navy actions to improve quality and 2 key practices employed by leading commercial ship buyers and shipbuilders to ensure quality and how these compared with Navy practices. GAO analyzed Navy data on ship quality from 2006 to May 2013 and spoke with Navy officials and shipbuilders. GAO also reviewed deficiency data for commercial ships and spoke with buyers and builders.
- Marine Engineering