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In this extended interview, Vice Admiral William Merz, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, discusses driving efficiency in shipbuilding, and highlights some of the Navy’s fleet goals.

As the Navy continues to modernize its fleet and take a new approach to efficiency, there is still focus on lethality and speed within the fleet. Vice Admiral William Merz, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, tells Government Matters that the Navy is realigning their approach to shipbuilding.


“We are concerned about the capability of the fleet, readiness of the fleet, while we are growing it. The efficiency side what we have learned with industry that was articulated in the ship building plan and we reinforced in the plan, and 2020 ship building plan which is on the street now, our commitment to industry, and profiles that are steady and profiles that they can plan to,” Merz said. “It is not just on the building side, it helps all elements of ship building and capability. Knowing the size, man power we need to man the fleet, creating these very, very, very steady ramps and we can advance consistently overtime.”

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