• Growing Shipyard Workforce Helping Navy Address Readiness Challenges

    Growing Shipyard Workforce Helping Navy Address Readiness Challenges0

    In response to one of the primary factors behind its readiness shortfalls — lengthy maintenance backlogs of ships, submarines and aircraft — the Navy has taken a number of steps, including relying on private shipyards to a greater extent. The Navy is partnering its shipyards with the private sector to improve efficiency and reduce the

  • GAO Chronicles Deficiencies in Navy, Marine Corps Readiness

    GAO Chronicles Deficiencies in Navy, Marine Corps Readiness0

    The Navy and Marine Corps are struggling to improve their readiness in the face of lengthy maintenance backlogs, a high operational tempo, and an aging fleet of ships, submarines and aircraft, according to testimony provided by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week. The Navy has lost more than

  • Diverging Fortunes for Two Maine Shipyards0

    Officials at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, are hiring hundreds of engineers, technicians, ship fitters and fabricators as they try to expand the facility’s workforce from 4,700 to 5,350 by the end of September. The hiring spree comes as the shipyard attempts to alleviate a maintenance backlog for the Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines stemming from recent budget constraints, reports the Press Herald. Earlier this month, senior Navy officials highlighted the shipyard’s bright future. They cited the billions of dollars in work servicing attack submarines that Portsmouth has secured, as well as the pending confirmation of Adm. John Richardson as the new chief of naval operations as positive signs …