The Naval Brief: Too few sub parts; Zumwalt’s latest ops; Too-slow innovation?; and more…
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Sub yards lack repair parts. Attack submarines are entering their maintenance availabilities with just half of the needed materials purchased, so the program executive officer for these subs to better plan and fund these repair jobs, Defense One reports. The force is already facing about 1,100 days of maintenance delays and Rear Adm. Jonathan Rucker wants to bring that down to 700 days by 2026.
USS Zumwalt stretches its legs. The guided missile destroyer Zumwalt recently returned from its first operational employment in the Pacific, where its crew learned how to operate and maintain the ship while working through joint training and testing, ship and squadron leaders told reporters Wednesday. Towards the end of next year, the destroyer is expected to go into an 18-month drydock availability to install equipment for the conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon system.
Changing at speed. While the Pentagon is taking steps towards innovation and experimentation, it is not yet clear whether these steps will lead to long-term changes, two experts said, Defense One reports. The efforts by the services, including the Navy’s work with unmanned systems, are promising but are still behind when it comes to specific programs.
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