The present method of financing the overhauls of ships of the United States Navy is, with minor variations, essentially as follows: (1) The ship about to have an overhaul prepares requests for all the work which in the opinion of her commanding officer should be performed to place the ship in proper material condition for continued operation in accordance with her mission. These work requests are forwarded through commanders afloat to (a) the navy yard at which the overhaul is to be accomplished in the case of urgent repairs and (b) to the material bureau having cognizance of the work in the case of desirable repairs and alterations. (2) The ship also prepares a “Summary of Work Requests” listing the work requested in order of desirability or urgency from the ship’s point of view. (3) The navy yard at which the ship will overhaul makes an estimate of the cost based on rough estimates on the work requested and approved by proper authority. (4) Based on this estimate of the cost of the overhaul and its length, the navy yard requests funds from the various material bureaus having control of them.
Financial Control of Ships' Overhauls
By Lieutenant Commander G. C. Manning (C.C.), U. S. Navy