April 30 (UPI) – The US Navy’s maintenance program for its littoral combat vessels includes the cost of major unscheduled work, according to a government report released Friday.
The 32-page Government Accountability Office report notes that because the Navy “lacks sufficient technical data from the manufacturer” to maintain systems on board ships, additional coordination and longer maintenance periods are required, as well as dependence on original equipment manufacturers.
He also said that because US law prohibits foreign contractors from performing certain maintenance on ships, US contractors are typically sent overseas to perform routine maintenance at a cost sometimes in excess of $ 1 million. .
Littoral combat vessels, which are capable of performance in shallow water and high seas, are generally delivered late to the Navy, and with increased costs and less capability, according to the report.
Thirty-five LCSs are currently at sea, under construction or planned by the Navy, a long-term operating program of $ 61 billion. The first was built in 2008 indicating that some ships are in the process of being retired while others are entering maintenance cycle programs.
The report acknowledges that the Navy “is beginning to implement contractual approaches to LCS maintenance to help mitigate schedule risks, while taking steps to avoid it in the future.”