U.S. Navy Inspection Survey Shows Worsening Material Conditions

Annual inspection report shows challenges and calls for improved maintenance and readiness.

The Navy’s annual Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) report, revealed a slight decline in the general material condition of the U.S. Navy fleet in fiscal year 2022. This appeared to be a trend since fiscal year 2017 and has become more significant due to changes in INSURV calculations—aligned more closely with Joint Fleet Maintenance Manual metrics.

The report emphasized the updated calculations and provided a more focused measure of the fleet’s overall material condition. The report also cautioned that INSURV does not have enough people “to inspect every ship every three years,” and noted that it relied on Regional Maintenance Center technicians to serve as inspectors. The report stated that “several functional areas and subsystems remain degraded or show declining trends, indicative of areas where material readiness is stressed.”

While some programs—the Virginia-class submarine and Independence-class littoral combat ship—performed well on trials, others experienced challenges.

“The remaining programs experienced significant deviations from OPNAV trial requirements, missed key program milestones, or had declining trial performance during the fiscal year,” according to the report.

Overall, the report highlighted areas of deterioration in the surface fleet, submarine community, carrier data analysis challenges, and declines in the Military Sealift Command fleet’s scores and trends.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Secretary Carlos Del Toro as he heads the U.S. Navy.
  • For U.S. naval commanders as they oversee the maintenance of the various ships across the fleet.

Sources: NavyTimes, DefenseDaily


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