SHIPMAIN Keeping the Fleet 'Fit to Fight' Better Than Ever

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050812-06
Release Date: 8/12/2005 10:02:00 AM

By Marshall Fukuki, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Pearl Harbor-homeported surface ships are in better material condition than in the past, due in large part to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard's (PHNSY) recent advancement of SHIPMAIN tools and philosophies.

Short for "Ship Maintenance," SHIPMAIN is a Navywide initiative to streamline surface ship maintenance and modernization.

The Shipyard has also decreased shipboard repair times, depite tighter maintenance budgets.

"[SHIPMAIN] allows us to do our work for less money," said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick McDermott, the Shipyard’s surface ship maintenance coordinator. "Readiness has a result of efficiencies gained."

McDermott noted that material condition and the average age of casualty reports (CASREPs) has been gradually improving, even as less money has become available to plan and do the work.

"We’re squeezing the turnip," he said. "Our FY 05 budget is less than our FY 04 budget."

In spite of that, "none of our ships have missed a deployment date. Our ships are still ready to go and getting underway on time."

One of the major innovations of SHIPMAIN is the setup of maintenance teams for each ship. The members are permanently assigned to the team and are drawn from the ship, shipyard and other organizations, planning, assigning and doing the work. The shipyard has six teams, each handling two of the dozen ships homeported here.

Perhaps not as well known is the Regional Maintenance Team (RMT) that supports these maintenance teams. Located within the Yard’s Surface Ship Type Desk, Code 1216, the RMT provides common core services, such as budget administration, funding authorization, and developing, implementing and overseeing SHIPMAIN-related training and initiatives.

The shipyard was at the forefront in instituting SHIPMAIN in several areas, including ship’s force training, maintenance team and planning board stand-ups, data capture for metrics and business plan development.

The yard was the first to incorporate use of the Maintenance Figure of Merit (MFOM), a tool to help teams decide what jobs should be done first. Simply put, the MFOM is a number from 0 to 100 that helps rank work in order of importance. The higher the number, the greater priority it has.

"SHIPMAIN is not something separate," said McDermott, mentioning another ongoing effort to bring together the many Shipyard and SHIPMAIN policies and instructions.

These are being developed into local business rules and procedures that are being combined into easily understood handbooks for maintenance teams to follow.

McDermott noted, "At the pier level, there will always be something to fix. At [the shipyard] level, we want to deliver the most maintenance with the money we are given."


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