The US Navy is counting on a new funding model to accelerate the modernization of the submarine fleet

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The US Navy is counting on a new funding model to accelerate the modernization of the submarine fleet

In 2021, US Navy submarines lay idle for a total of 1100 days. Without functional changes, the combat readiness of the underwater fleet can be reduced to a minimum, according to the command of the US Navy. After all, now the fleet has twice as many submarines under maintenance as it should be. These boats require three times more unplanned work to bring them to a really combat-ready state.

A change in the situation is possible only if funding for technical measures is established. According to Rear Admiral John Rucker, the US Navy can implement new practices from 2026.



Rucker said that due to the addition of additional work after the start of maintenance, 30% of the total work on submarines is unplanned. The US Navy is going to reduce the number of unplanned work to 10%, which can be done through an improved planning process.

Separately, Rear Admiral drew attention to financing the purchase of all necessary materials. Currently, the Navy finances only 40% to 50% of the volume of purchases of materials before the start of maintenance; the remaining amount is ordered after the start of work. But such a system of financing is also fraught with numerous problems.

By fiscal year 2026, the Navy will aim to have 90% to 95% of all materials in stock. The problem of earlier purchase of materials becomes even more acute due to the increase in delivery times. Today, the Navy has few spare parts for the newer Virginia-class boats.

“We have to allocate money differently. Our model doesn't work because it was built on the assumption that everything was 20 or 30 years ago when we had three times as many suppliers.

- said Rear Admiral Rucker.

The command of the US Navy has repeatedly called the submarine force one of America's main advantages over adversaries such as China and Russia. The US has 50 attack submarines, which is quite small compared to the need for 66–72 attack submarines. Moreover, 18 submarines are under maintenance or waiting in line.
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  1. -1
    November 18, 2022
    I can offer an excellent system of financing. Install a FRS printing press on each boat.
    1. +1
      November 18, 2022
      Quote: Captive
      I can offer an excellent system of financing. Install a FRS printing press on each boat.

      Maybe a proven way to collect SMS-kami?
  2. +1
    November 18, 2022
    1100 days of downtime for 50 boats = 22 days per boat! On our fisherman, there were 21 days of inter-trip repairs per year. 22 days on the nuclear submarine, this is an excellent result - they got drunk or thought of something.
  3. -1
    November 18, 2022
    The US Navy is counting on a new funding model to accelerate the modernization of the submarine fleet
    Well, yes, the main thing is FINANCING ... something else to add, do you need to explain ???
  4. +1
    November 18, 2022
    The US Navy is going to reduce the number of unplanned work to 10%, which can be done through an improved planning process.

    Brilliant! laughing wassat
  5. 0
    November 21, 2022
    Compared to similar processes, everything is in order with us. Despite the fact that the fleet is much larger, stronger and more intensively used compared to ours. In short, we would have their problems. After all, our fleet has completely weakened, like the army as a whole. We need to look into the eyes of reality, get rid of problems, especially in the equation. Therefore, let's pay more attention to our problems, which became especially visible against the backdrop of the war. Our fleet, for example, suffered in clashes with an enemy who, in fact, does not have a fleet.

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