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dc.contributor.advisorBoudreau, Michael
dc.contributor.advisorReining, James
dc.contributor.advisorNaegle, Bard
dc.contributor.authorTran, James K.
dc.dateSep-14
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-05T20:10:59Z
dc.date.available2014-12-05T20:10:59Z
dc.date.issued2014-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44020
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe P-3 service life extension program (SLEP) served to extend the P-3’s capabilities. The P-3 fulfilled a wide breadth of mission sets, ranging from overland ground troops support to littoral surveillance to hunting submarines. Answering the demand for multi-mission capability, the 24-year-old P-3 entered a sustained readiness program (SRP), extending its airframe from its current 29- year service life to its limited fatigue life of 38 years. Unexpected findings, however, arose during SRP. The P-3s had so much corrosion that SRP contract could not sustain the 221 aircraft fleet. As such, the aircraft went through a service life assessment program (SLAP) to determine not only the severity of the corrosion problem, but also the structural life remaining on the airframe. In addition, SLAP offered corrective structural remedies if the aircraft were suitable for SLEP. SLAP results were promising: The airframe can be extended by another lifetime. With new wings and a fatigue life management program, the P-3 could safely execute its missions for an additional two decades, satisfying the constant demand. Five years into SLEP, however, many P-3s were grounded due to out-of-tolerance wing cracks, leaving a third of its fleet on the ramp. This thesis analyzes the challenges of SLEP.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleAn analysis of the U.S. Navy P-3C Orion service life extension programen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.subject.authorP-3C Orionen_US
dc.subject.authorSLEPen_US
dc.subject.authorSLAPen_US
dc.subject.authorSRPen_US
dc.description.serviceCommander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Program Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineProgram Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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