James Geurts: Navy Eyes Spring 2019 Release of 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan

James Geurts

James Geurts, assistant U.S. Navy secretary for research, development and acquisition, has said he intends to issue the 30-year plan for ship repair and modernization efforts in the spring of 2019 in an effort to help the maintenance sector plan its infrastructure and workforce investments, USNI News reported Tuesday.

Geurts said Tuesday the Naval Sea Systems Command will work on the report that would be released alongside the three-decade plan for shipbuilding efforts.

He noted that he expects the ship repair plan to “inform the industrial base” and take a look at the availability of capabilities and resources at repair yards and public shipyards.

Geurts cited that NAVSEA submitted to Congress an optimization plan for public shipyards to help shape the infrastructure improvement initiative in the next two decades.

“This is just trying to bring all that together so we can really look at what the demand is and then understand the infrastructure, people, budgeting, all that,” he added.

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