Ship Repair and Maintenance Innovation

NCMS Project #: 140957

Problem: In 2012 the DoD spent $5.4B on ship maintenance. With commercial-off-the-shelf innovative technologies available, it is imperative that these cost-saving maintenance and sustainment activities be made available for demonstration to the U.S. Naval Ship Repair facilities.

Benefit: The Department of the Navy currently operates four major ship repair facilities in the United States and several around the world. The results from the project at Yokosuka, could have a beneficial ripple effect to not only the other shipyards, but also repair facilities, depots, and bases used by all the Services.

Solution/Approach: The repair facility in Yokosuka (SRF) is responsible for repairing and maintaining the entire 7th fleet and is the largest overseas U.S. Naval installation. It is considered one of the most strategically important bases in the U.S. military and the perfect selection as a testbed for this project. This project will demonstrate an initial limited number of technologies and create a business case analysis as well as a use case analysis. Using a baseline established with the officer in charge, results from utilizing these technologies will be set against maintenance activities completed the traditional way.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Enhanced productivity
  • Safer environments
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy (Yokosuka Naval Ship Repair Facility)

Industry Participation:

  • Equipois, LLC
  • Maglogix
  • Eclypse International
  • Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
  • Spectro Scientific
  • Dynamism, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety