NAVSEA Funds New Research Projects to Lower Shipbuilding Costs

Story Number: NNS100520-24Release Date: 5/20/2010 4:29:00 PM
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From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) funded nearly $8 million for eight new research projects designed to lower shipbuilding or ship maintenance costs May 5.

The eight research projects selected by the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), a collaboration of 12 major U.S. shipyards, are valued at approximately $16 million with the inclusion of cost-shares of comparably valued labor, materials and capital resources provided by the industry.

Projects range from Common Parts Catalog Enhancements to Advanced Systems Development of the Remote Climbing Robot, support the NSRP mission of reducing the cost of ships to the U.S. Navy.

"We're (NAVSEA and PEO's) working together with Industry to find ways to reduce total ownership costs of the shipbuilding and repair business. We have doubled our focus in all cost categories: labor, material and overhead. In FY 11 we expect to focus heavily on projects that can eliminate rework (improve quality), increase modularity, improve the sequencing of work efforts, reduce energy consumption and increase the use of new technology such as robotics. The Navy is also working with industry to eliminate practices that drive costs into design and construction via our Mil Specs and Standards." said Connie Bowling, NAVSEA NSRP program manager.

"We are actively searching for solutions from not only across Navy and Industrial partners but from academia and a wide range of small business vendors who may have proposals and no cost recommendations. As a joint Navy/industry funded program where costs are shared, commitment to solutions is strong."

NAVSEA is committed to building affordable ships and maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by ensuring every ship is ready to respond to the Navy's missions.

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