Optimization of the Life Cycle in the Warships: Maintenance Plan and Monitoring for Costs Reduction

  • Antonio Fernández Jove
  • Antonio Mackinlay
  • José María RiolaEmail author
Conference paper


By its own meaning, a warship is a complex and expensive system, with a long acquisition cycle and a very long operational life. Therefore, the optimization of the lifecycle is increasingly important. One should not think only about the building or acquisition cost, but also about the cost through the lifecycle. The Spanish Navy (Armada) defines, on one hand, the lifecycle engineering as the set of the required activities in order to adapt the hull and the armament systems to their operational requirements, the configuration management and the definition, assessment and upgrade of the equipment support through their entire operational life. And on the other hand, the logistic support as the set of actions in order to provide the means required by their units/assets and systems to accomplish their missions. The marine industry around the warship world is immersed in the digitalization of all the logistics processes, which mainly refers to the maintenance process. In this paper we intend to reflect how the maintenance methods of the units/assets are to be based on the monitoring of equipment and how their centralized control is to be based on a detailed Maintenance Plan that would help to their preservation during their lifecycle. And also, reflect how the auxiliary marine industry, as part of the industrial technological base, may help to ease such maintenance. The methodology of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) aims to determine the operational maintenance based upon the operability of a system or equipment. This methodology, which has been adopted by the Armada, is of special importance considering the incorporation of the Center of Supervision and Data Analysis (CESADAR) to obtain the required 4.0 level.


Lifecycle Warships Maintenance RCM CESADAR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Fernández Jove
    • 1
  • Antonio Mackinlay
    • 1
  • José María Riola
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Grupo Fernández JoveTorrelavegaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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