After years of struggling to conduct attack submarine maintenance – with the four public naval shipyards prioritizing SSN work last, behind a backlog of ballistic-missile sub and aircraft carrier work, and private shipyards finding it tough to resume submarine repair work after years of only doing new construction – the Navy appears back on track for its SSN maintenance, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command told USNI News. Read More
After completing a maintenance period in Bremerton, Wash., this summer, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is returning to San Diego.
CAPITOL HILL – The Navy is still working to reduce its ship maintenance backlog, but a number of small improvements at its four public shipyards and innovative applications of new technologies and processes are moving the needle in the right direction, top leaders say. Read More
Under-funded, obsolete, out of room and wearing out is the status of the Navy’s shipyards according to a Government Accountability Office. report detailing the service’s ambitious decades-long and multi-billion-dollar facilities modernization plan.
Only one of the Navy’s 18 dry docks used for maintaining the nuclear-powered carrier fleet can support a Ford-class carrier, Navy officials told USNI News.
The Navy released its first-ever long-range ship maintenance and modernization plan amid a growing fleet and a growing backlog of repair work, and the report highlights challenges in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. Read More
Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) has entered a drydock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., to start a docking planned incremental availability. Read More
The following is the executive summary to Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) shipyard optimization plan, which lays out a 20-year, $21-billion plan to improve the four public shipyards. The full report will not be released to the public, and the redacted summary was released on Sept. 12. Read More
This post has been updated to include the redacted executive summary of NAVSEA’s shipyard optimization plan.
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The Navy plans to build momentum for its 20-year, $21-billion ship repair yard modernization plan through key early wins: proving that a redesign of the yard in Maine translates to a substantial increase in productivity, and renovating drydocks to accommodate the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. Read More
THE PENTAGON — A brewing regulatory fight between the Navy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over who should oversee a possible commercial contract to dismantle the hull of the former USS Enterprise (CVN-65) could ultimately cause the project’s price tag to balloon well above the current $1 billion estimate.