When You Fool Yourself, You are One
Over a dozen years in...
The GAO has a report out on LCS maintenance.
A long running concern here has been the intentional, and borderline criminal, neglect of maintenance Navy-wide in general.
The LCS program, from the manning CONOPS to maintenance has been one long example of bad ideas made flesh by an entire generation of pigheadedness.
In 2021, we have good people in hard jobs doing the best they can with the dog's breakfast of a class of ships they were given - and yet we can't seem to build anything straight connected to this crooked timber.
We should have stopped building them long ago - but we will have to make do with what we have.
If you want to, rage read the whole thing ... but I want to remind everyone - the first LCS was commissioned in 2008, over a dozen years ago.
We also found significant unplanned work in maintenance contracts we reviewed—often because the Navy didn't understand ship condition before planning repairs. One effect of unplanned maintenance is schedule delays that limit fleet readiness.
GAO found in the 18 LCS maintenance delivery orders it reviewed that the Navy had to contract for more repair work than originally planned, increasing the risk to completing LCS maintenance on schedule. A majority of this unplanned work occurred because the Navy did not fully understand the ship's condition before starting maintenance. The Navy has begun taking steps to systematically collect and analyze maintenance data to determine the causes of unplanned work, which could help it more accurately plan for maintenance.
Amazing. Simply amazing. It is as if we didn't have a few centuries of experience maintaining warships.
The toxic culture of yes-men and happy-talk that begat the LCS program to begin with seems to be impacting maintenance as well.
Being that no one was held accountable for the former, I guess we should not be surprised about the later.