Vice Admiral McCoy has spent five years as Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) working to correct a problem that seldom makes headlines. While reports on new ship construction dominate the trade press, much less attention is paid to maintaining the ships already in the Fleet. McCoy spent his career as an engineer focused on the exacting maintenance of submarines and aircraft careers. While at NAVSEA, McCoy focused his attention to bring the same rigor to the surface fleet.
When he took the helm of the command in 2008, the health of the surface fleet was at a ten-year low. McCoy’s evaluation of surface problems was dovetailed with a 2010 report commissioned by U.S. Fleet Forces and the Pacific Fleet, the Fleet Review Panel, commonly called the Balisle Report after the panel head, retired Vice Admiral Phillip Balisle. Under McCoy’s guidance, NAVSEA has drastically restructured how it maintains the health of surface forces. Outside of congressional testimony, he has not spoken often about his time at NAVSEA in public. On the eve of his retirement, he outlined his half-decade journey for the Naval Institute’s Online Editor Sam LaGrone.