Adm. Gortney Unveils New
Optimized Fleet Response Plan
From Defense Media Activity.
Crystal City, Virginia -- January 16, 2014 -- (NNS) --
The Navy's new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) was unveiled in a keynote
address delivered at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium
in Crystal City, Va., Jan. 15.
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Bill Gortney
explained the changes to the new O-FRP, addressing Quality of Service and
blending both Quality of Work and Quality of Life efforts by providing stability
and predictability to deployment schedules over a 36 month O-FRP cycle. One of
the highlights from his address was the Navy's efforts to lock in eight month
deployment schedules for Sailors. These changes are intended to return a sense
of normalcy to a Sailor's schedule by evening out the Sailor's family life and
increasing retention rates and Quality of Work for their command.
Arlington, Virginia, January 15, 2014.
Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF), leads a discussion
about the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) at the 26th annual Surface Navy
Association Symposium (SNA). USFF and Pacific Fleet have worked together to
develop O-FRP into a full realignment of the Fleet's maintenance, training and
deployment cycles into a stadard 36-month rotation. O-FRP will be integrated
into the fleet beginning with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in
"What's happened here is that over time ... we lost
predictability in the way we generate readiness," said Gortney.
His address began by naming the problems with the current
Fleet Response Plan, placing an emphasis on readiness through training.
"It doesn't matter how good the stuff is if people aren't
there and they aren't properly trained," said Gortney. "Not only do they need to
be on the ship ... they have to be there at the right time. If they show up
after the training occurs just before deployment it's not going to work."
The plan aims to streamline pre-deployment inspection
requirements and increase readiness by putting all the members of a strike group
on the same maintenance and deployment schedule. Starting in fiscal year 15, all
required maintenance, training, evaluations and single eight-month deployment
will be efficiently scheduled throughout the cycle in such a manner to drive
down costs and increase overall fleet readiness.
"The band is put together at the beginning of the maintenance
period," said Gortney. "It's underneath a single chain of command for that
entire 3-year period. It's got a stable maintenance plan."
The plan puts a strong emphasis on training crews correctly.
"We're going to be training a lot of ships at the same time
through that cycle," said Gortney. "A resource they need is trainers. We have to
synchronize it so the trainers are there and everyone gets their reps and sets
with the proper oversight that happens to be there and they're assessed at the
The O-FRP is set to roll out implementation in 2014 with the
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group after its current deployment. It will
initially be focused on Carrier Strike Groups and eventually will roll out to
all U.S. Navy assets from the ARG/MEU to submarines and expeditionary forces.
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