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Status of Ships

Each hull listed in the NVR has been categorized into a specific status grouping. These status groups identify where a particular hull is in its life cycle and the date it attained that status. Select a specific group for the definition of the status category or select Ship Status Summaries for listings of ships assigned a particular status.

US Navy Ships:
   Authorized Inactive
   Under Construction Leased
   Active Loan
   Naval Reserve Force, Active Stricken
   Stand Down Disposed
   MARAD Custody
Maritime Administration (MARAD)
   Strategic SeaLift
   National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF)
   Ready Reserve Force (RRF)
   Maritime Security Program (MSP)
   Voluntary Inter-Modal Sealift Agreement (VISA)
Military Sealift Command:
   Fleet Oiler
   Service Support
   Special Mission
   Dry Cargo and Tankers
   Fleet Ordnance and Dry Cargo
   Afloat Staging Command Support
   Expeditionary Fast Transport


Funding approved by Act of Congress for new construction or conversion.

Under Construction

Contract has been awarded to a builder for new construction or conversion.


A ship or service craft that has been formally accepted by the Navy that is either in-service or in commission.

Stand Down

Start of the inactivation cycle. These hulls are not counted in either the active or inactive fleet counts.


A ship or service craft that has been taken out of commission or out of service for retention as a mobilization asset or for pending disposal.


A ship or service craft that has been inactivated and leased to a foreign government for a specified period of time with title retained by the US Navy.


A ship or service craft owned by the US Navy and loaned to contractors or scientific institutions.


A ship or service craft formally removed from the Naval Vessel Register by SECNAV on recommendation of CNO. A legal preliminary to disposal.


Navy assets must first be Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register before they can be disposed. Once stricken their disposition can be by several methods:
  • Scrapping
  • Transfer to MARAD
  • Foreign transfer
  • Experimental/target
  • Donation
  • Historic memorial
  • Transfer to other government/non-government agencies
  • Navy sale

MARAD Custody

Ships or service craft maintained and laid up at MARAD facilities on a temporary basis when the Navy cannot accommodate the assets at its inactive fleet facilities. During this lay-up period, the Navy pays rent to MARAD for the pier space.