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NAVSEA’s McCoy Speaks

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Commander Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy in 2008. US Navy Photo

Commander Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy in 2008. US Navy Photo

Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command has a rare interview in the latest issue of Proceedings.

While at the helm of NAVSEA for an unprecedented five years McCoy was mostly media shy while he was a driving force to realign years of damage to the way the Navy fixed its surface ships.

In Proceedings, McCoy outlined decisions made in the late 1990s and the 2000s that cut out the middle of a maintenance and inspection workforce and threatened to shorten the life of the U.S. Navy Surface Fleet.

“The surface force was suffering because we had underfunded and understated requirements,” McCoy told Proceedings.

Borrowing standards from the nuclear reactor and aviation community, McCoy and others have spend five years setting a path to repairs the surface force.

However, the looming threat of mandatory budget cuts could just as easily unravel McCoy and NAVSEA’s work.

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