Ship Maintenance:

Foreign Commercial Shipyard Repairs to U.S. Government Ships

NSIAD-87-193FS: Published: Aug 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO determined the number and value of contracts the United States awarded to foreign commercial shipyards for vessel repairs in the last 5 years.

GAO found that: (1) of the six agencies that owned or operated vessels, three of them reported no expenditures; (2) the Maritime Administration reported four instances of minor repairs that totalled about $20,360; (3) the Navy reported expenditures of about $154.1 million, with an additional $62.6 million for repairs to Military Sealift Command ships from 1984 through 1986, and $879.5 million for repairs to Pacific Fleet ships; (4) in 1986, the Navy's expenditure for foreign commercial shipyard contracts was less than 2 percent of its total funds for depot maintenance and modernization; and (5) the Army's ship repair expenditures totaled $2.1 million from 1982 through 1986.

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