SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- After four years of unparalleled success, including cost savings and cost avoidance of nearly $600 million, the Surface Force's key maintenance process, SHIPMAIN, or Ship Maintenance, is being integrated into the Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE) in December.
SHIPMAIN is the Surface Force's disciplined maintenance and modernization process that places maintenance decisions and budget execution responsibility with the ship's commanding officer and the maintenance team. As it is integrated into the SWE, it will be absorbed into the Sustainment and Modernization Team (SMT).
Launched in the fall of 2002, SHIPMAIN examined the planning processes for surface ship maintenance from the point where a ship's force first identifies the work through the actual performance of maintenance. The initiative sought to identify redundancies and inefficiencies in maintenance processes and eliminate them.
"SHIPMAIN was the first SWE program and brought all commands with a hand in surface ship maintenance together to define the entitled maintenance process and drive efficiencies," said Vice Adm. Terry Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces. "SHIPMAIN is the model for our larger enterprise and has given Surface Force leaders more business acumen while we focused on warfighting readiness and building the surface force of the future."
SHIPMAIN also addressed reducing the cost of maintenance and when merged into SWE, the enterprise can look at applying similar metrics toward the personnel and training portions of the Surface Warfare Enterprise.
"SHIPMAIN demonstrated that it was an effective initiative that could be expanded across different portions of the enterprise," said Tom Coumes, deputy assistant chief of staff for force maintenance on the surface forces staff.
With the merger, the processes used and honed in SHIPMAIN are being applied to the rest of the Surface Warfare Enterprise
"The SHIPMAIN processes aren't going to change, so the integration of SHIPMAIN into SWE will be transparent to the force," said Coumes.
With SHIPMAIN, only the expenses for contracted work in the civilian sector were looked at to reduce maintenance costs. Once integrated into SWE, the enterprise will begin to look at the total cost and decide where modifications need to be made.
Commander, Naval Surface Force created the Surface Warfare Enterprise in November 2005 to focus on providing warships ready for tasking more efficiently. Through the SWE, the Surface Force will be manned, trained and equipped more effectively and efficiently, developing Sailors and warships to produce an adaptable, dominant and lethal force.
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