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Ship Battle Forces

Battle Force Inventory

Battle force ships are commissioned United States Ship (USS) warships capable of contributing to combat operations , or a United States Naval Ship that contributes directly to Navy warfighting or support missions , and shall be maintained in the Naval Vessel Register .

Battle Force Counting Procedure

An accurate battle force count is necessary to support reporting requirements. The battle force ship count will only include combat capable ships that contribute to warfighting missions, specified combat support missions, or service support missions. Specifically, the battle force ship count will include:

Ship types listed in SECNAVINST 5030.8C enclosure (1) that are classified as Active, Military Sealift Command (MSC), Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, or MSC Special Mission, with the following exceptions:
MSC ships assigned a reduced operating status of 45 days or less may be counted on a case-by-case basis as recommended by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) approval.
Ship types not included in SECNAVINST 5030.8C enclosure (1), which have been routinely requested by a Combatant Commander and are allocated via the Global Force Management Allocation Plan (GFMAP), may be counted on a case-by-case basis as recommended by the CNO with SECNAV approval. This will be a temporary authorization to include these ships in the ship count and will remain in effect until the ships are no longer requested in the GFMAP or are retired (whichever occurs first). Recommendations for action under this rule will be prepared by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy Manager in coordination with Director, Operations and Plans (OPNAV N31).
All other craft and auxiliaries listed in SECNAVINST 5030.8C enclosures (2) through (4) are not included in the battle force ship count.
Ships entering and leaving the battleforce inventory.
Battle force ships are counted as part of the Navy’s active inventory effective upon acceptance by the Navy’s accepting authority. Upon acceptance, the CNO will be notified immediately via naval message.
Ships will no longer be counted as part of the battle force inventory effective upon a ship’s official date of decommissioning, being placed “out-of-service,” or in the case of nuclear vessels, upon commencement of the ship’s inactivation availability. The CNO will be notified of a ship’s retirement via naval message.
For the purpose of the battle force count in the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels, ships will be counted for the fiscal year they are accepted by the Navy and not counted the fiscal year they are removed from service.