Ship maintenance

VCNO: The Greyhound Task Force of the Navy “A strong approach” for the maintenance of ships

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Mississippi. in 2018 aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf, to begin restoration and modernization work at the Huntington Ingalls’ Industries shipyard. US NAVY / David L. Stoltz

ARLINGON, Virginia – The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) told Congress that the Navy’s experience with an alternate concept of vessel readiness maintenance based on the forward-deployed Naval Force model deserves to be prosecuted.

The concept, called Task Force Greyhound, was conceived by Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, then Commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic, as a way to provide fleet commanders with “a predictable and sustainable model for maximizing ready warships. for operational tasks, ”according to an outing from the Navy on March 5.

VCNO Adm. William K. Lescher, testifying on June 9 before the House Armed Services Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee and responding to a question from Representative Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, on the model, Task Force Greyhound, said that the concept is to meet “an operational need for readiness in our cruiser-destroyer ships in Norfolk [Virginia] and Mayport [Florida] with a little pilot [program]. ”

The pilot departs from the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) by providing more frequent but shorter incremental uptime periods for vessel maintenance and upgrades. The model is similar to the maintenance plans for Navy ships deployed in Japan and Spain, for example.

“We will move forward to perform this bespoke maintenance, this OFRP excursion, both to generate increased operational availability in [cruisers and destroyers] and then learn, ”Lescher said. “It’s not obvious. You have to learn to be involved in terms of what it means for maintenance executability.

“But we think it’s a solid approach and it reflects, in your opinion, a lot of the conversation we’ve had on other excursions outside of the OFRP baseline,” he said. he told Luria.

Lescher said “from a budgetary point of view it [the Task Force Greyhound concept] is essentially budget neutral.

Luria, a former Naval Surface Warfare officer, said she was encouraged by the idea of ​​Task Force Greyhound.

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