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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Report: Maintenance of overseas-ported ships growing problem for Navy

USS George Washington (CVN 73) in YokosukaReports of incidents of degraded or out-of-service equipment on U.S. Navy ships have doubled over the past five years, with the condition of many overseas-homeported ships deteriorating faster than U.S.-based ones.

Maintenance for some overseas ships has been repeatedly delayed, leading to degraded condition, according to a report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office.

The Navy, however, has not come up with a long-term plan to deal with needed maintenance, even as it has come to rely more on homeporting vessels overseas.

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