The U.S. Navy's four public shipyards have adopted corporate best practices as part of an initiative to address challenges associated with the aircraft carrier and submarine maintenance process.
Naval Sea Systems Command said the service worked with Boston Consulting Group to review the production workflow at each facility and determine how approaches used by industry could help shipyard personnel complete work on schedule through the Naval Sustainment Systems – Shipyard program.
The dockyards are Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & IMF, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
These facilities kicked off NSS-SY pilot projects earlier this year, using submarine availability projects as testing platforms for process improvement tools and methods.
“These efforts are tied to our foundational elements which are ‘get real,’ which means understanding our current levels of performance; and ‘get better’ in improving our cost and schedule performance to deliver every ship on time, every time,” said Vice Adm. Bill Galinis, commander of NAVSEA.
Galinis added that other shipyards can apply approaches applied under the initiative to improve business operations.
The NSS-SY program supports the branch's Public Shipyard Improvement Plan and builds on the Naval Sustainment System–Aviation effort by the naval fleet readiness centers.