Some issues highlighted by the government accountability office

The damaged USS John McCain docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Aug 22. The Government Accountability Office, along with military leaders and lawmakers, have long highlighted their worries about the navy's readiness as duration of deployments
The damaged USS John McCain docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Aug 22. The Government Accountability Office, along with military leaders and lawmakers, have long highlighted their worries about the navy's readiness as duration of deployments lengthen.PHOTO: REUTERS

1 The crews of the cruisers and destroyers in Japan did not have all of their training and certifications because there were no dedicated training periods built into the operational schedules of the vessels.

2 As of June, eight of the 11 destroyers and cruisers based in Japan had expired certifications for mobility and seamanship, air warfare and undersea warfare.

3 The most common reason cited for expired certifications was the operational schedule of the ships.

4 There were plans to revise operational schedules to dedicate training time for overseas-based ships but this schedule has yet to be implemented.

5 The reductions to crew sizes in the early 2000s may now be creating safety risks.

6 A work-week standard is being used that reflects neither the actual time sailors spend working nor their in-port workload – both of which have contributed to some sailors working more than 100 hours a week.

7 Ship maintenance cannot be completed on time. In fiscal 2011 through 2016, maintenance overruns on 107 of 169 surface ships (63 per cent) resulted in 6,603 lost operational days.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'Some issues highlighted by the government accountability office'. Print Edition | Subscribe