CRANE, Ind. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, deployed more than 1,300 M4A1 carbine rifles to Sailors worldwide this summer while saving taxpayers more than $970,000.
The cost savings resulted from repairing and reusing weapons parts, combined with savings in labor and shipping processes. NAVSEA is responsible for executing the mission effectively, delivering the products the warfighter needs, and for improving the processes continuously.
The M4A1 carbine is an assault rifle configuration of the M16 and is an upgrade of the MK18 Mod 0 carbine. The weapon is outfitted with a close quarter battle receiver (CQBR) to support Sailors conducting visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) missions and maritime security operations throughout the world.
"This project is extremely beneficial to the Sailor," said Gary Mesarosh, NSWC Crane Small Arms Maintenance and Overhaul branch representative. "This initiative results in improved mission readiness for our Sailors. The entire arsenal of VBSS weapons has been overhauled, which means there is continued confidence in their primary assault carbine."
"NSWC Crane Special Missions Center experts are responsive to the warfighters' needs, and this project shows the dependability and importance of NSWC Crane in providing innovative solutions to issues and problems that benefit the warfighter," said Bobby Just, NSWC Crane Special Missions Center.
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