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COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF CONVERTING WASP CLASS LANDING HELICOPTER DOCK (LHD) STEAM PROPULSION PLANTS TO HYBRID PROPULSION

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Authors
Jablonski, Joseph G.
Rodriguez, Richard
Subjects
personnel
landing helicopter dock
landing helicopter assault
hybrid propulsion
steam propulsion
cost benefit analysis
cost efficiency analysis
navy aviation
naval aviation
analysis of alternatives
commercial outsourcing
special studies
Department of Defense
military
Navy
Marine Corps
Advisors
Bacolod, Marigee
Date of Issue
2019-12
Date
Dec-19
Publisher
Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of converting steam-powered propulsion plants on-board Wasp-Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) hulls 1 through 7 to hybrid propulsion. The objective of this research was to evaluate the net present value of conversion by weighing the cost-savings benefits of fuel savings, in-port utility consumption, and manpower against the cost of conversion. The results of the analysis conclude that LHDs 5 and 7 have a positive net present value; therefore, their conversion is recommended. LHD 6 can have a positive net present value with recommended complex overhaul schedule changes. Recommendations are made to maximize benefits to the Navy, considering potential changes in force structure and follow-on studies.
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Thesis
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Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
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Expeditionary Strike Group THREE
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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