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Fleet Modernization Program

The Fleet Modernization Program (FMP) mission is to provide a disciplined process to deliver operational and technical modifications to the Fleet in the most operationally effective and cost efficient way. It defines a standard methodology to plan, budget, engineer, and install timely, effective, and affordable shipboard improvements while maintaining configuration management and supportability. It is the means by which the Navy leverages technology and innovation to:

  • Keep the war-fighting edge
  • Fix systemic and safety problems
  • Improve Battle Force Interoperability (BFI)
  • Improve platform reliability and maintainability
  • Reduce the burden on the sailor

Use of the FMP process prevents unauthorized and nonsupported alterations from being installed on ships. Unauthorized alterations represent a substantial cost to the Navy in terms of the loss of configuration control, inefficiencies due to unexpected installation interference, systems and equipment which are not logistically supported, and resources expended to support items which are no longer required. Unauthorized and unsupported alterations adversely impact the interoperability of highly computerized and integrated combat systems. This equates to a loss of combat effectiveness due to a reduction in Battle Group/Amphibious Ready Group (BG/ARG) interoperability and individual ship capabilities.

Ship Alteration (SHIPALT)

A Ship Alteration (SHIPALT) SHIPALT is an approved permanent change to the configuration of a ship that is documented in a SAR and implemented through the FMP Process. SHIPALTs are classified by title/type and comprise any change in hull, machinery, equipment, or fittings, which involves changes in design, material, quantity, location, or relationship of the component parts of an assembly. The title assigned to a SHIPALT identifies the approving authority and responsibility for funding.

Title "K" SHIPALT - A permanent alteration to provide a military characteristic, upgrade existing systems or provide additional capability not previously held by a ship, which affects configuration controlled areas or systems of a ship or which otherwise requires the installation of Headquarters Centrally Provided Material (HCPM). These SHIPALTs are approved for development and authorized for accomplishment by the CNO (military improvements) or the Hardware Systems Commands (HSCs) (non-military improvements).

Title "D" SHIPALT - A permanent alteration that does not affect the military characteristics of a ship. It is technically approved by the SPM in the form of a JCF and SAR, and authorized for accomplishment by the Fleet Commander in Chief (FLTCINC) or Type Commander (TYCOM). It may require Centrally Provided Material (CPM), but it does not require HCPM. A Title "D" SHIPALT may specify whether it should only be accomplished by a depot level maintenance facility.

Title "F" SHIPALT- A permanent alteration that is technically approved by the SPM in the form of a JCF and SAR, and authorized for accomplishment by the FLTCINC or TYCOM. It does not require HCPM or CPM and is within ship's force capability for accomplishment; however, an Intermediate Maintenance Activity (IMA) may accomplish it.

Title "K-P" SHIPALT - A submarine Title "K" SHIPALT that is within ship's forces or AIT capability for accomplishment, and for which required special program and CPM are provided as a package by the cognizant HSC.

Equipment Alteration

An Equipment Alteration is any alteration, other than a SHIPALT, to the configuration of an equipment or system (including embedded equipment, computer programs and expendable ordnance) after establishment of the product baseline. An Equipment Alteration involves a change in design, type of material, quantity, installed location, logistics, supportability or the relationship of the component parts of an assembly within the ship. Equipment Alterations include the addition, deletion, rework or replacement of parts, assemblies or equipment; or changes in assembly procedures. Alterations to associated computer programs include the incorporation of different computer program versions and approved modifications or corrections to both operational test and maintenance programs. Equipment Alterations are authorized by approved Class I Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs). Equipment Alterations apply equally to changes installed in delivered systems and equipment, and changes installed in systems and equipment in production to identify differences from an established product baseline. Equipment Alterations may be initiated to correct a design defect, to change equipment operational capability, to eliminate safety hazards, to update obsolete components or for any combination of these reasons.

There are four types of Equipment Alterations; Machinery Alteration, Ordnance Alteration, Engineering Change, and Field Change.

A Machinery Alteration (MACHALT) is a planned change, modification or alteration of any Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) equipment/systems where changes are contained within the boundaries of the individual equipment/system and have limited system ramifications. It is a planned change, modification or alteration of any HM&E equipment/system in service (shipboard or shore activities).

An Ordnance Alteration (ORDALT) is any modification, other than a SHIPALT, in the configuration of ordnance equipment/systems (including embedded equipment and computer programs) after establishment of the product baseline. An ORDALT involves a change in design, material, quantity, installed location, ILS, or the relationship of the component parts of an assembly within the ship or shore installation. ORDALTs include the addition, deletion, rework or replacement of parts, assemblies or equipment; or changes in assembly procedures.

An Engineering Change (EC) is a modification, usually to Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) or Combat System (CS) equipment/systems after the establishment of the product baseline and delivery to the Navy.

A Field Change (FC) is a mechanical, electronic or electrical change, modification or alteration made to electronic equipment after establishment of the product baseline and delivery to the government, including software changes, which do not impact interfaces to other equipment within the ship, change the footprint, form or fit, change power, weight, or air conditioning requirements. FCs are initiated and approved by the cognizant HSC and are implemented by FC Bulletins (FCBs).

Other Alterations

Type Commander (TYCOM) Alterations are permanent alterations that are technically approved by the SPM for accomplishment as a Title "D" or "F" SHIPALT or AER depending on the scope and effects of the change. TYCOM alterations are programmed for installation by the TYCOM, as well as funded for accomplishment by the TYCOM or other organization as agreed upon. TYCOM alterations are maintenance alterations normally accomplished to improve reliability or maintainability.

An Alteration Equivalent to Repair (AER) (formerly known as a Letter AER for Surface Ships, an Alteration and Improvement (A&I) for Submarines, and an Alteration Request (AR) for Aircraft Carriers) is a permanent alteration technically approved by the SPM, typically via letter, and programmed for installation by the TYCOM.

A Temporary Alteration (TEMPALT) is any alteration that provides given capabilities on a temporary basis (not to exceed one year or one operational deployment in duration) in support of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) or exercise or mission requirements. TEMPALTs are reviewed and technically approved by the cognizant SPM and authorized for accomplishment by the cognizant TYCOM. The SPM review considers safety, technical adequacy, impact on ship stability, operational characteristics including warfare capability, damage control, ship structure, ship services, ships interfaces, and habitability. Alterations that are intended to be installed for a period in excess of one year or one operational deployment shall be considered a permanent change to a ship's configuration and shall be accomplished as a SHIPALT accordingly. After completion of testing requirements, mission or exercise support requirements or one year, whichever comes first, TEMPALTs must be removed and the ship restored to its previous configuration. The activity sponsoring the accomplishment of the TEMPALT shall be responsible for funding the removal of the TEMPALT and the restoration of the ship.

Designated Approvers

This table identifies the approver/reviewer types that can "chop" on a proposed CNO change (the column labeled RANK denotes the pecking order within the chop chain list): 

APPROVER

ROLE

DESCRIPTION

RANK

SECNAV

ASN

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

1

CNO

CNO

CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

2

NAVSEA08

NUC

NAVSEA08

3

NAVSEA04X1

C07

NAVSEA 04X1 (formerly NAVSEA 071)

4

NAVSEA04X2

C07

NAVSEA 04X2 (formerly NAVSEA 072)

4

NUCINAC

NID

NUCLEAR INACTIVATION AND

DECONTAMMINATION PGM

5

CINC

CIC

COMMANDER IN CHIEF XXX FLEET

6

CPD

PCV

CARRIER PLANNING DIVISION

7

TYCOM

TYC

TYPE COMMANDER

7

SPM

SPM

SHIP'S PROGRAM MANAGER

8

RSP852

RSP

RSP0852

9

RSP853

RSP

RSP0853

9

RSP86

RSP

RSP086

9

RSP87

RSP

RSP087

9

RSP88

RSP

RSP088

9

Types of Availabilities

OPNAVINST 4700.7J identifies, describes and assigns responsibilities for various types of Availabilities.  OPNAV Notices 4700, issued on an annual basis, establishes and identifies current CNO scheduled Availabilities.

The following table identifies the current types of Availabilities that CNO is responsible for.

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

 

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

COH

COMPLEX OVERHAUL

CNO

 

IDSRA

INCREMENTAL DOCKING SRA

CNO

DCM

DOCK CONTINUOUS MAINTENANCE

CNO

 

INAC

SHIP DEACTIVATION

CNO

DED

DEAD

CNO

 

ISRA

INCREMENTAL SELECTED RESTR AVL

CNO

DMP

DEPOT MODERNIZATION PERIOD

CNO

 

PIA

PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

DPIA

DOCKING PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

 

PIA1

PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

DPIA1

DOCKING PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

 

PIA2

PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

DPIA2

DOCKING PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

 

PIA3

PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

DPIA3

DOCKING PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

 

PIA4

PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

DPIA4

DOCKING PHASED INCREMENTAL AVL

CNO

 

PIRA

PRE-INACTIVATION RESTRIC AVL

CNO

DPMA

DRYDOCKING PHASED MAINT AVL

CNO

 

PMA

PHASED MAINTENANCE AVL

CNO

DSRA

DRYDOCK SELECTED RESTRICT AVL

CNO

 

PSA

POST SHAKEDOWN AVL

CNO

EDSRA

EXT SELECT RESTRICTED AVL,DOCK

CNO

 

RCOH

REFUELING COH

CNO

EOH

ENGINEERED OVERHAUL

CNO

 

ROH

REGULAR OVERHAUL

CNO

ERO

ENGINEERED REFUELING OVERHAUL

CNO

 

SCO

SERVICE CRAFT OVERHAUL

CNO

ERP

EXTENDED REFIT PROGRAM

CNO

 

SRA

SELECTED RESTRICTED AVL

CNO

Note:  The Availability type identified above as 'DED' is used within the FMPMIS community as meaning a previously scheduled Availability had been cancelled.

The following table identifies other types of Availabilities that are utilized within FMPMIS

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

 

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

DRAV

DRYDOCK RESTRICTED AVAILABILITY

TYCOM

 

PRV

PLANNED RESTRICTED AVL

TYCOM

FMAV

FLEET MAINTENANCE AVAILABILITY

TYCOM

 

RAV

RESTRICTED AVL

TYCOM

IDD

INTERIM DRYDOCKING

TYCOM

 

TAV

TECHNICAL AVL

TYCOM

IMA

INTERMEDIATE MAINT. ACTIVITY

TYCOM

 

TEN

TENDER AVL

TYCOM

IMAV

INTERMEDIATE MAINT AVL

TYCOM

 

TOA

TYCOM OPPORTUNITY AVL

TYCOM

             

AIT

ALTERATION INSTALLATION TEAM

SPM

 

RCYC

SUBMNARINE RECYCLING

SPM

DLO

DEPOT LEVEL OVERHAUL

SPM

 

SCA

SERVICE CRAFT AVL

SPM

ISC

MISCELLANEOUOS SUBMARINE

SPM

 

SLEP

SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PGM

SPM

MLA

MID LIFE AVAILABILITY

SPM

 

SMP

SUBMARINE MODERNIZATION PGM

SPM

MSC

MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

SPM

 

SPA

SUBMARINE PACKAGE ALT

SPM

MTSP

MOORED TRAINING SHIP PROG

SPM

 

SPIP

STEAM PLANT IMPRV PROG

SPM

NRF

NAVAL RESERVE SHIP

SPM

 

SSA

SUBMARINE SELECTED RESTRIC AVL

SPM

PALT

PACKAGE ALT

SPM

 

TTE

TECHNICAL TRAINING EQUIPMENT

SPM

PPT

PROPULSION PLANT TRAINERS

SPM

 

UNS

UNSPECIFIED

SPM

RCR

SUBMARINE RECYCLING/RC DISPOSL

SPM

       
             

CIVMOD

CIVILIAN MODIFICATION

MSC

 

MSCPSA

MSC POST SHAKEDOWN AVAIL

MSC

MARUP

MATERIAL UPGRADE-MSC

MSC

 

MSCROH

REGULAR OVERHAUL

MSC

MSCIMA

INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE AVAIL

MSC

 

MSCVR

VOYAGE REPAIR PERIOD

MSC

AIPS

PIERSIDE AVAIL. FROM AIPS

AIPS

       

The following table identifies Availability types that are no longer utilized.  In that FMPMIS maintains a historical record of all scheduled Availabilities, they are included here for reference purposes

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

 

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

OWNER

             

BOH

BASELINE-EXT.OPERATING CYCLE

CNO

 

INDF

INDEFINITE

CNO

CONV

CONVERSION

CNO

 

PMF

PHASE MAINT FIRM FIXED PRICE

CNO

DECN

DECONTAMINATION

CNO

 

RFOH

REFUELING ROH

CNO

DPMF

DRYDOCK MAINT FIRM FIXED

CNO

 

SCM

SEALIFT COMMAND, MILITARY

CNO

DPSA

DOCKING POST SHAKEDOWN AVL

CNO

 

TBD

TO BE DETERMINED

CNO

EDPF

EXT PHASED MAINT PROG, DOCK

CNO

 

FSM

FORWARD SITE MODERNIZATION

SPM

ESRA

EXT SELECTED RESTRICTED AVL

CNO

       



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