A shorter industrial availability will improve the readiness of US sailors and ships.
One of the most arduous tasks facing a ship's commanding officer is not confronting the enemy; it is surviving an extensive industrial availability. Ranging from four months to a year, these availabilities can turn a well-trained warfighting team into an unstructured mass of cables, cranes, hard hats, and white cocoons. The challenge facing the ship goes beyond tracking the progress of physical destruction and monitoring the resurrection promised by the shipyard. It extends to the renewal of ownership and the rebuilding of seagoing skills lost to months of being unable to train on equipment and the transfer of highly trained personnel. During a typical extended availability, 15-20% or more of the crew will turn over. Those sailors and officers lost generally are the most experienced people on board, and those gained perhaps have not been to sea for years, if at all.