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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: Navy Seeks to Transition Some Ship Maintenance Work to Private Sector

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of the Naval Sea Systems Command, has said the service branch plans to hand over some maintenance work on submarines and aircraft carriers to smaller repair companies to help the Navy keep pace with increasing maintenance requirements, USNI News reported Tuesday.

“I think there’s an opportunity for us here to provide some stability to the private sector and then actually provide us a little more stability in the public yards to focus on the key work we need to get done,” Moore told the publication in a Dec. 18 interview.

“So we’re going to lean forward a little bit on trying to contract out more of this work to them on a regular basis rather than on an ad hoc basis.”

The Navy also seeks the help of larger shipbuilding firms such as Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding business and General Dynamics’ Electric Boat subsidiary to take over entire maintenance availabilities when it comes to carriers and submarines to help streamline workloads at public and private shipyards, he noted.


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