The Navy's Plans to Reassign Ships to Ingleside, Texas, and to Consolidate Management
T-NSIAD-92-21: Published: Mar 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1992.
GAO discussed Navy efforts to address mine warfare problems identified during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, focusing on: (1) the Navy's decision to centralize operational control of all mine warfare forces; and (2) Navy plans to consolidate mine warfare forces at Ingleside, Texas. GAO noted that: (1) as a result of the lack of a full-time, deployable force commander and staff during Operation Desert Shield, no one was responsible for preparing a coordinated mine countermeasures force for deployment; (2) the Navy reorganized its mine warfare activities by centralizing operational control under the Commander, Mine Warfare Command; (3) consolidating all mine warfare ships at Ingleside will involve significant additional costs; and (4) Ingleside's remote location could detract from integrated training and coordination with operational fleet forces. GAO believes that the Navy should: (1) conduct a detailed evaluation of Ingleside and other locations before it relocates its mine warfare forces; and (2) stop construction at Ingleside until its completes this evaluation.