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USN pushes against fleet readiness problems

30th January 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Harriet Haywood in Washington, DC


With the USN spending a considerable amount on modernising and increasing the size of its fleet, one notable takeaway from the Surface Navy Association annual symposium was that fleet readiness is not at the desired level.

Difficulties in the construction stages of both the Zumwalt and Gerald R Ford classes are well publicised, but ships undergoing maintenance and modernisation are remaining in shipyards far longer than anticipated. Increasing ship availabilities has now become a priority for the navy.

In recent years, the US has witnessed a rate of between 20-30% on-time completion of ships leaving the shipyard, and although

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Harriet Haywood


Harriet Haywood

Harriet Haywood was a Shephard Media analyst based in London. She graduated with a masters …

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