While yesterday, it was learned that Congress only approved 24 of the Navy’s requested 52 new Littoral Combat Ships, the surface Navy continues its goal of engineering readiness for existing vessels, getting an assist from teams of retired master chiefs and warrants bringing old-school advice to junior Sailors.
The program, “Back to Basics” was started four years ago with only one team in the Pacific Fleet. Expansion and popularity has grown the program to five teams in the Pacific and four teams that work with Atlantic-based surface ships.
Elevating the level of shipboard readiness, the program is popular with both junior Sailors and their commanders and is on track for future growth.
The senior-teams are comprised of five-to-seven private contractors that go ship-to-ship, typically during their dry dock period, training up new Sailors.
Today’s Navy Times writes we have…
…a “diesel team” for diesel-powered amphibious ships, a “steam team” for big deck gators, a minesweeper team and two gas turbine teams for cruisers and destroyers.
Examiner’s Note: As the military makes cutbacks unlike any they have seen since the end of World War II, they are relying more and more on private contractors for everything from mail handling and food service to security and bomb dogs. There is a lot of cost-shifting in the government.
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