Mine Warfare:

Ingleside, Texas, May Not Be the Best Location for Consolidation

NSIAD-92-63: Published: Dec 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1991.

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GAO reviewed two major changes that the Navy proposed to correct long-standing deficiencies in its mine countermeasures operations, focusing on the: (1) centralization of operational control of mine countermeasures forces under the Commander, Mine Warfare Command; and (2) consolidation of mine warfare forces at a new strategic homeport in Ingleside, Texas.

GAO found that: (1) Navy officials stated that the lack of a full-time, deployable force commander and staff during Operations Desert Storm and Shield resulted in no one being responsible for preparing a coordinated mine countermeasures force for deployment; (2) Navy officials proposed that the Commander, Mine Warfare Command, be accountable for all mine warfare activities including mine weapon systems and mine countermeasures; (3) the Commander's responsibilities would also include platform and systems procurement, research and development, force operations, support activities, training, and integrated tactics development; and (4) Ingleside may not be the best location for mine warfare forces, since consolidation costs could be significant, benefits from training at Ingleside are not unique, and the site's remoteness could pose problems.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: In his January 15, 1993, report, the Secretary of the Navy presented the results of further analysis which included an evaluation of locating the forces at Ingleside or at a base on both the east and west coasts. The Secretary again concluded that Ingleside was the most appropriate site for the consolidated mine warfare forces.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should provide the Secretary of Defense with a detailed evaluation of locating mine warfare forces at Ingleside or at a base on both the East and West Coasts.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Fiscal Year 1993 Defense Authorization Act required the Navy to suspend actions to relocate mine warfare command functions and personnel to Ingleside until 60 days after the date of its report, March 16, 1993.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should halt construction projects at Ingleside and plans to move the mine countermeasure ships until an evaluation of locating mine warfare forces at Ingleside has been completed.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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