Refining the Engineering Process to Meet ESL
Readiness sustainment is a challenge for the Navy. McKean Defense engineers and maintenance planning experts helped Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) develop a formalized process to meet the need by linking key products across the Surface Maintenance and Modernization process. By refining technical requirements, analyzing required maintenance resources, planning for availabilities, and decomposing requirements into discrete jobs, SURFMEPP can now track each technical requirement at the work item level to clearly understand investments. This approach delivers improved visibility on availability of growth cost drivers and improved documentation for efficient maintenance execution and cost effective decision-making. Now, SURFMEPP is on track to achieve a "first pass" through the End-to-End (E2E) process.
Achieving Sustained LCS Material Readiness
The Navy expects the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to “Operate Forward,” necessitating that the ships achieve sustained In-Service material readiness. Yet, opportunities to perform essential maintenance and material readiness are limited. Working closely with LCS logistics personnel, McKean Defense hull managers reviewed and validated shortfalls in engineering, combat, deck and damage control systems to improve the responsiveness of the LCS unique O-level maintenance process. Using our recommended solutions, the USS Coronado attained a 60% improvement in both technical equipment and system documentation accuracy.