SAN DIEGO – Members of Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) N41 made significant progress in identifying repair capabilities for circuit card assemblies (CCAs) on the Navy’s guided-missile frigates (FFGs).
The assemblies were in danger of depletion because repair and replacement capabilities for the CCAs currently don’t exist. However, this is no longer an issue due to success in the analysis project initiated by SURFOR.
FFG 7 class Engineering Plant Control System (EPCS) reported deficiencies in performance and systems supportability in regards to the CCAs that are one of the EPCS components. There are 64 CCAs that are unique to FFG class EPCS.
“The goal of the analysis project is for officers and contractors to use new technologies to find better ways to maintain and repair the CCAs that will save the fleet money, improve ship efficiency and resource management for all of the Navy’s FFG class EPCS CCAs,” said Capt. Harry w. Davis, SURFOR Force Supply Officer. “We estimate that once gold disk program developers and staff conclude the analysis we can implement a new repair capability and find the solution for repair and restocking.”
29 of the 64 have been identified as part of the gold disk program with fleet and shore micro/miniature (2M) repair sites identified with the capability to repair these. Gold disk routines are diagnostic troubleshooting aids used in conjunction with 2M repair to isolate and repair faulty components on circuit card assemblies and electronic modules.
A testability/repairability analysis has been completed for the remaining cards and 8 – 12 CCAs can be gold disk developed by the end of 2008 and there will be the capability to repair the parts. There are 15 CCAs that are less than one year to depletion, 18 CCAs that are two to three years to depletion, eight CCAs with three to five years to depletion and 23 CCAs with five years to depletion. No CCAs have been identified as not being able to be repaired. SURFOR can then prioritize which CCAs to develop first and plan the way ahead.
“We estimate we will save the FFG class EPCS community approximately $85K the first year,” stated Davis. “The new repair capabilities will impact CCA part replacement and repair with tangible and money saving results. Sailors will also have specific written instructions, resulting in a higher repair capability rate. Eventually, the changes will be in effect for all FFG 7 class EPCS.”
This project is a prime example that meets the mission of the Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE), which brings sound principles and processes to the mission of producing warfighting readiness to combatant commanders. Continual process improvement allows the SWE to fulfill that mission in each core area: maintenance, modernization, logistics, manning and training. In simple terms, the SWE is a $25 billion enterprise committed to providing the most powerful, dominant, lethal and adaptable surface warfighters and ships with maximum efficiency and careful stewardship of resources.