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Carrier Team One: Making Decisions “Mindful that a Carrier Must Last 50 Years”

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For more than 10 years, Carrier Team One has effectively coordinated cross‐organizational process reviews to improve the execution of carrier maintenance availabilities. As noted in the Team One charter, these improvement efforts are “mindful that a carrier must last 50 years.” In recognizing the challenges of a 50‐year service life, Team One has adopted principles intended to ensure that an as yet unborn chief engineer on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) can maintain high levels of ship material readiness in 2050. This paper reviews the “50‐year” principles that influence Carrier Team One efforts, focusing on three such principles. This paper does not suggest that the submarine and surface communities do not observe similar principles; undoubtedly, they do. And admittedly, these principles are interrelated, but are reviewed separately to emphasize each principle's contribution to improving carrier availabilities. The three principles are:

•Core values—how a 50‐year service life influences decision making.

•Process focus—how a 50‐year service life influences long‐term improvement methodologies.

•Technical focus—how a 50‐year service life influences technical improvement decisions.

In examining these principles, the paper will consider their long‐term contributions to carrier readiness and their influences on Team One's efforts to improve carrier maintenance.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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