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GAO reviewed the Navy's procedures for overhauling P-3 aircraft to determine if it could reduce depot turnaround time.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Navy||1. To improve the P-3 aircraft overhaul program, the Secretary of the Navy should require that all P-3 aircraft due for overhaul be inspected under the Aircraft Service Period Adjustment (ASPA) Program unless an inspection exemption is specifically authorized.|
|Department of the Navy||2. To improve the P-3 aircraft overhaul program, the Secretary of the Navy should direct that the Naval Aviation Logistics Center assume a more active role in coordinating actual deliveries of P-3 aircraft for overhaul so that each aircraft can be scheduled on a specific date to coincide with a depot's ability to begin work on that aircraft.|
|Department of the Navy||3. To improve the P-3 aircraft overhaul program, the Secretary of the Navy should explore opportunities to reduce overhaul turnaround time by concentrating labor resources at the depots on as few P-3 aircraft as possible.|
|Department of the Navy||4. To improve the P-3 aircraft overhaul program, the Secretary of the Navy should examine ways to eliminate excess P-3 aircraft overhaul capacity at the depots, perhaps by closing one of the three P-3 aircraft production lines.|
|Department of the Navy||5. The Secretary of the Navy should determine the feasibility of implementing the above recommendations on other aircraft. The P-3 aircraft has one of the shortest overhaul turnaround times among Navy aircraft and any procedural changes to reduce that time could have applicability to other aircraft.|