One of the Navy’s strengths is the way its processes can be tailored to fit the needs of a variety of communities. This can also be a weakness, however, in that best practices from one community often are not shared or spread well to others. One area that stands out in this context is maintenance—specifically the way it is managed and performed in the surface force versus in naval aviation. Much like the skills required for damage control and force protection, every sailor on a surface ship must learn to be a maintenance person.
Professionalize Surface Maintenance Managers
By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)