Ships (71 - 80 of 103 items)
A Time To Consider Alternative Sources of Quick-Response Sealift Capacity
LCD-78-244: Published: Feb 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1979.
In the event of hostilities, the Department of Defense (DOD) must be ready to ship hundreds of thousands of tons of military equipment, supplies, and subsistence items to overseas locations. Many commodities shipped are unsuitable for transporting in modern containerships, and many ports lack the sophisticated facilities needed to accommodate these containerships. Self-sufficient ships, with crane...
Marine Amphibious Forces: A Look at Their Readiness, Role, and Mission
LCD-78-417A: Published: Feb 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1979.
The Marine Corps' size, structure, and ability to perform some of its more demanding missions raise questions about its capabilities. Some problems relating to these areas and the Corps' overall readiness affect not only the II Marine Amphibious Force (II MAF) but also the entire Corps. However, since II MAF has a priority North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in a European war, GAO's...
Observations on the Fleet Support Provided by the Navy's Shore Installations in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean
LCD-78-426A: Published: Jan 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1979.
The U.S. Seventh Fleet consisted of about 160 ships during peak operations in Southeast Asia. Today the fleet consists of about 50 ships. In spite of this reduction, the Navy continues to maintain an extensive shore establishment to provide the reduced fleet logistics support. The fleet reduction has led to idle capacities and has increased costs at the ship repair facilities. Positive action has...
Navy's FFG-7 Class Frigate Shipbuilding Program and Other Ship Program Issues
108301: Jan 3, 1979
The FFG-7 Guided Missile Frigate is to become the backbone of the Navy's sea control fleet. The 1973 estimate for a total program of 50 ships was $3.2 billion. By 1978, however, the cost of a 52-ship FFG-7 program was estimated at $10.1 billion because of additional equipment and increased shipbuilding costs. A stern redesign for helicopter landing is planned for ships not already under contrac...
Navy Overhaul Policy--A Costly Means of Insuring Readiness for Support Ships
LCD-78-434: Published: Dec 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1978.
The Navy maintains its fleet of 460 support vessels at an annual cost of $3 billion. This cost troubles Congress, which directed the Secretary of Defense to relate readiness more directly to the maintenance effort.The Navy has adopted the commercial aircraft maintenance concept of performing only the tasks necessary to retain design levels of safety and reliability. For tankers and cargo vessels,...
The Navy's Ship Support Improvement Project
LCD-78-433: Published: Sep 12, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1978.
The Navy's Ship Support Improvement Project is designed to analyze and develop a maintenance system for all Navy surface ship classes. Concepts are being developed to bring about an early improvement in the ships' material condition, extend the operational use of ships, and improve material readiness. The project encompasses four major programs: (1) Guided Missile Frigate Class Support; (2) Engine...
The U. S. Oceanographic Fleet
105888: May 5, 1978
Previous GAO reports on Federal ocean programs discussed the number of activities involved, costs of programs, and lack of coordination. The most recent review in this area dealt with problems associated with operating federally owned and/or funded ocean research and survey vessels. In 1977, over $126 million was spent to operate and maintain the oceanographic fleet which is composed of 60 oceanog...
Implications of the National Security Council Study 'U.S. Maritime Strategy and Naval Force Requirements' on the Future Ship Force
PSAD-78-6A: Published: Mar 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1978.
The Secretary of Defense requested an indepth study of U.S. maritime strategy and long-term naval requirements. The National Security Council study examined future Navy ship requirements on the basis of U.S. defense policies, Navy missions and role, and Soviet military capabilities and strategies. It also discussed future requirements in light of increasing costs and anticipated technological brea...
Status of the Navy's Vertical Short Takeoff and Landing Aircraft
PSAD-78-61: Published: Feb 23, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1978.
The Navy is planning and exploring a Vertical Short Takeoff and Landing (VSTOL) aircraft program which could change its approach to providing and using sea-based aircraft in power projection and sea control functions. A transition to an all VSTOL sea-based air fleet is expected from 1991-2000. This could result in smaller deck aircraft carriers and the dispersal of manned tactical aircraft.In the...