How is NAVSEA doing with your No. 1 priority,
getting ship and submarine maintenance completed on time and on budget?
MOORE: We’re turning the corner. The last four ships
in Rota and the FDNF [ForwardDeployed Naval Force]
ships came out on time. USS Iwo Jima come out of avail
ability in Mayport [Fla.] early.
With the private sector, we’ve done a much better
job. Some of that is because we’ve recognized that if
you want to deliver on time, you’ve got to define the
work package up front and make sure that the work
package will fit the capacity you have to get the work
done. We’re having those discussions earlier on the
surface ship side than we had previously.
Moving from MSMO [multiship/multioption] con
tracts into fixedprice contracts has caused both sides
to understand the work up front. There is a lot of more
discipline in adding growth. That combination of know
ing the work up front, limiting the amount of growth to
only the work that is necessary, and the fact that we’ve
matured the class maintenance plans and the tech foun
dation papers, we’re in a much better place on the surface
ship side of the house. We’re not winning them all yet —
that’s my mantra — we have to get them all out on time.
In our naval shipyards, we’ve had some struggles —
we haven’t gotten ships out on time, particularly the air
craft carriers. Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush
came out late. Nimitz took us 20 months to do. We’re
NAVSEA commander articulates priorities for shipbuilding and sustainment
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Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore became the 44th commander of
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on June 10. He oversees a
global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel
responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the
Navy’s ships, submarines and associated systems.
Moore’s familiarity with ships and their systems was honed over 13
years as a surface warfare officer, serving in nuclear-powered cruisers, a guided-missile destroyer and a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,
the last during a refueling and comprehensive overhaul. He became
an engineering duty officer in 1994 and since has served in numerous
billets involved in maintenance, overhaul, refueling, program management and construction of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, as well as
two tours in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Most recently, Moore commanded the Program Executive Office for
Aircraft Carriers from August 2011 to June 1. Over this five-year period, he led the largest ship acquisition program in the U.S. Navy portfolio; was responsible for designing, building, testing and delivering Ford-class carriers; led the Navy’s first-ever inactivation of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise; and
was the lead in the U.S.-India Joint Working Group Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation.
Moore discussed the challenges of building and sustaining the fleet with Managing Editor Richard R.
Burgess. Excerpts follow: