The Navy’s effort to upgrade its public shipyards is not sufficient, the government’s chief watchdog agency believes. In a Nov. 25 report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated that the service’s plan to pump $21 billion into badly needed upgrades failed to incorporate several key factors, such as inflation, environmental remediation and utility upgrades. As a result, the Navy’s estimated budget for the collective project could require billions of dollars more to complete.
The report reviewed the service’s 2018 plan to address significant deficiencies at its four primary public shipyards – at Puget Sound, Wash., Norfolk, Va., Portsmouth, N.H. (at Kittery, Maine), and Puget Sound, Wash.
The report’s authors recommended that the Navy “enhance the quality and reliability of its shipyard infrastructure plan by incorporating GAO’s cost estimating best practices and determining clear shipyard roles and responsibilities for implementing the plan.” The Navy concurred with the recommendation.