In-service Sustainment & Modernization

In-service engineering provides support for sustainment and modernization of systems already installed on ships. McKean Defense focuses on operational support to the active fleet units, including training, engineering modifications, shipboard network support and fleet sustainment of existing assets.

Our teams of specialists provide customers with critical presence on the waterfront and the unbiased review of requirements and progress of tasks. During modernization efforts, our process includes stringent planning of fabrication, installation, material sourcing and quality assurance activities.

Data Integrity Improves Equipment Availability

Highly technical equipment on Navy ships can only operate when they are properly calibrated and that calibration data information was initially contained in multiple places and databases. While the Navy’s METBENCH Calibration Management System provides a platform on which to integrate the multiple databases, McKean Defense's logisticians smoothed the transition process by coordinating calibration configuration data and updating data sources. Backed up with hands on information gathered from ships' visits and validations, our team is able to provide up to date information to Type Commanders and Ship Forces, resulting in improved data integrity and increased confidence in calibration readiness percentages. At the same time, reducing Fleet technical man-hours spent coordinating calibration data.

Readiness Engineering Speeds Machinery Alterations

Machinery alterations and upgrades to ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) equipment play a critical role in sustaining ship readiness. For Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, McKean Defense helps manage the complicated processes and careful planning required for maintaining ship availability. Our project planning, logistics, analyses, and documentation directly impact costs and completion times. For the Machinery Alteration (MACHALT) effort, we provide local technical and engineering expertise, materials, and tools. With our assistance, several homeports report results of double the number of completed installations and a 35% drop in associated costs. McKean's MACHALT support continues to focus on program management improvements at seven homeports.

Data Assessment Processes Improve Corrosion Controls

When it comes to maintenance and corrective repairs on ships' tanks, the goal is to minimize the risk of cost escalations. Without accurate data from the Corrosion Control Information Management System (CCIMS) to define known conditions, projections on complex maintenance projects cannot be considered reliable. Our team of corrosion engineers and maintenance planners collaborated to develop a formal data assessment process that delivered a 92% improvement in known condition reporting. In three years, with McKean’s assessment process and specialized reporting approach in place, the Navy noted a 27% improvement in known conditions of the Surface Force’s tank status.

Maintaining Diesel Readiness for LSDs

Experience within the Navy's installed environment guides McKean Defense's approach to supporting the Diesel Readiness System for Dock Landing Ships (LSD). We focus on offering solutions to both engineering and cost-management challenges. By monitoring and analyzing combustion data, lube oil text results, and material history, we identified and made recommendations on 287 ways for the Navy to implement both immediate and long-term maintenance solutions. With improved maintenance planning data, the Navy now optimizes its cost-management capabilities.