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NAVSUP WSS Introduces Repair War Room to Bolster Organic Repair

24 November 2021

From Brian Jones, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

PHILADELPHIA - As part of the on-going Naval Sustainment System (NSS) – Supply Optimize Organic Repair (Aviation) pillar initiative, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) partnered with the Navy’s Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to introduce the Repair War Room (RWR) focused on increasing the amount of in-house, or organic, repair.

“Optimize Organic Repair (Aviation) focuses on bolstering strategic capability by increasing volume sent to the FRCs, creating changes within the organization required to make this sustainable, and identifying opportunities for NAVAIR to support this mission,” said Capt. Mark Angelo, NAVSUP WSS, Director of Industrial Support.

The RWR strategy relies on identifying repairs that can be shifted from commercial vendors to the FRCs and restoring previously rejected repairs. A previously rejected repair is one where NAVSUP WSS went to the FRC for a repair, but the FRC turned down the work for one of a variety of reasons. Upon review, many of those repairs were accepted back.

“In September, NAVSUP WSS, FRC, and DLA identified approximately 1,100 repairs to shift from commercial to the FRC in FY22, representing more than $5 million in potential cash savings,” said Angelo. “In addition, the team restored about 600 previously rejected repairs.”

Any cash savings come from the theory that the FRC workforce is currently under-utilized, therefore by adding additional workload to the FRC, it should not require any increased investment other than the material (piece parts) cost associated with the repair.

Through the RWR, NAVSUP WSS and its mission partners have set a target of shifting 40,000 repairs to the FRCs by FY25. The goal is based on organic repairs making up 50-percent of NAVSUP deliveries while realizing the potential cash savings in the shift from commercial repair facilities.

“We hope to capture $40 million in FY22 cash savings through organic shifts and $400 million by FY25,” said Angelo. “We’ll continue to review long-term contracts for additional opportunities.”

To keep the initiative on track, NAVSUP WSS established an RWR drumbeat to drive the shift to organic repair and developed a strategic repair framework to guide future repair decisions. In addition, the command has aligned a tracking process with the NSS-Aviation Cost Pillar to capture savings.

“Tracking performance will ensure FRCs are competitive on core metrics of cost, RTAT (Repair Turnaround Time), and quality,” said Angelo.

NAVSUP WSS is one of eleven commands under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/navsupwss and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

 

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