The following is the Navy’s Report to Congress on the Lon-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020 that was released on March 21, 2019.
I. Submission of the Report
This report provides the Department of the Navy (DoN) Long-Range Plan for the Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This plan complements the Navy’s Annual Long Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels for FY 2020 and establishes the framework to effectively sustain our investments in today’s fleet.
II. Key Themes
The National Defense Strategy provides the overarching guidance and high-level requirements for sustaining the Navy the Nation Needs (NNN). The FY20 Maintenance and Modernization Plan begins to capture the requirements necessary to maintain the Navy’s fleet mission-ready. This plan forms the basis for future industrial base capacity requirements with the following key themes:
- Supports the congressional policy direction for 355 battle force ships in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115-91).
- Shows that maintaining and modernizing the fleet requires a sustained and sufficient investment, and a close partnership with the public and private ship
repair industrial base.
- Demonstrates that as the Navy grows to 355 battle force ships, the demand on the industrial base must evolve to effectively maintain and modernize a growing
and changing fleet. This will require changes to industrial base infrastructure, workforce, and business processes to prepare for the future workload.
- Reaffirms that maintenance and modernizations rely on a robust and highly efficient supply chain to deliver material to the fleet. As the fleet grows in size, complexity and age, the supply chain (including the vendor base) must deliver the material support necessary to achieve the required level of readiness.
- Demonstrates that continued maintenance of ships in accordance with the applicable class maintenance plans is necessary to allow the Navy to achieve the maximum service life of ships and submarines as well as extend the service lives of select classes of ships to achieve a battle force of 355 ships.
This plan describes the Navy’s continued challenges with high-tempo operations that has resulted in a maintenance backlog and reduced readiness rates for Navy ships. It is baselined on the current 2019 inventory and PB-2020 data with updates from the FY 2020 Shipbuilding Plan, planned selected service life extensions (SLEs), and projected decommissionings during the next 30 years. As with the FY2020 Shipbuilding Plan, it will address maintenance and modernization required of a fleet growing to 355 ships.
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