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NAVSEA Puts Cost-Saving Initiatives to Work

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Story Number: NNS090213-10
Release Date: 2/13/2009 2:14:00 PM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications


WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced five major cost-saving initiatives by the Cumbersome Work Practices Task Force (CWP-TF) have been implemented by the four Naval Shipyards (NSYs) Feb. 10 in Washington.

The date also marked the task force's first anniversary of supporting the fleet by implementing cost-saving initiatives.

The five initiatives are projected to save $692 thousand per Los Angeles-class submarine. Their speedy implementation reflects Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Commander Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy's results-oriented philosophy.

"Our focus is to get things in the 'done pile' rather than study things," said McCoy.

With costs in manpower, ship and aircraft acquisition projected to continue to increase, NAVSEA must continually improve processes to get the best return on investment.

Among the five implemented initiatives, an action item that eliminates a submarine hull inspection requirement that necessitates removal of hull tiles during major overhauls is projected to deliver nearly half a million dollars in savings per Los Angeles-class submarine major availability.

Counting the five initiatives that have been implemented, the task force is managing a total of 13 action items, including three new initiatives for 2009. When completed and fully implemented, the 10 initial initiatives are projected to save $692 thousand per Los Angeles-class submarine major availability and $1.09 million per docked planned incremental availability for aircraft carriers.

The CWP-TF's goals include reducing shipyard maintenance costs and schedule duration by eliminating non-essential technical requirements and introducing improved processes, technologies and materials. Led by CWP Program Manager Mark Browder of NAVSEA's Fleet Readiness Engineering Office and NAVSEA Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Program Manager Kurt Doehnert, the task force received its charter in December 2007.

The CWP-TF includes representatives from the NSYs and Intermediate Maintenance Facilities; SUBMEPP; Supervisors of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair; Carrier Planning Activity; and NAVSEA directorates.

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