Ship Inactivation & Ship Maintenance
INACTSHIPOFF Portsmouth, VA a field activity of SEA 21I, provides guidance and direct
support to the Fleet during the inactivation of a Navy ship. After decommissioning and/or
cessation of normal ship operations, inactive Navy ships are delivered to one of
the three Inactive Ships On-Site Maintenance Offices (INACTSHIPMAINTO) located
in Bremerton, WA; Philadelphia, PA; and Pearl Harbor, HI. In addition, Maritime
Administration (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet facilities at James River,
Fort Eustis, VA, Beaumont, TX, and Suisun Bay, Benicia, CA can be used to
augment inactive ship storage capacity if necessary. The Navy currently has no ships located at James River or Suisun Bay
What We Do
- Minimizing the impact that ship inactivation
has on fleet sailors so they may continue their
duties and follow-on assignments unimpeded
- Laying the ship up in an economically and
environmentally sound manner to prevent fire,
flooding and environmental releases.
Before and during inactivation, SEA 21I works with the Fleet
to transition the ship from an operational status to an
inactivated status in the ship’s home port, whereupon the ship
can be towed to one of the three inactive ship maintenance
facilities or, if insufficient berthing/mooring space is
available, to a MARAD facility. In a very few cases, some ships
steam to an INACTSHIPMAINTO under their own power. INACTSHIPOFF
provides ship specific inactivation plans to the ship’s command
staff and performs close-out inspections for each specified
compartment of the ship to ensure that the inactivation work is
completed in accordance with the inactivation plan.
One of the INACTSHIPMAINTOs takes custody of the ship and
executes the rest of the tasks necessary for long term storage.
These tasks include receipt and mooring, installation of
flooding and fire detectors, and removing environmental hazards.
Once a ship has been inactivated, INACTSHIPMAINTO performs
routine periodic maintenance and inspections of the ship to
detect problems such as corrosion or water intrusion. Some ships
are kept in a higher state of preservation termed ‘Mobilization
B’ status whereby they can be reactivated in case of national
emergency. The Navy Inactive Ships Program also works with
Equipment Item Managers, In Service Engineering Agents, NAVICP,
and active ships to remove selected equipment from an inactive
ship for reuse on other active ships. Requesting entities
(In-Service Engineering Agents, Participating Managers, and
active ships) requiring access to the Equipment Removal Database
System (ERDS) should send an email request to
firstname.lastname@example.org with “SEA 21I ERDS Account
Request” in the subject line.
INACTSHIPMAINTO expertise has reduced the time it takes to
decommission a ship to three months or less, thereby minimizing
inactivation’s impact on Fleet readiness and the Fleet sailor.
SEA 21I’s program has been vital to the active Fleet as well.
The Navy Inactive Ships Program has been able to maximize
reutilization of shipboard material and equipment of ships
stricken from the
Naval Vessel Register, providing direct logistic support to
active duty Navy ships. This equipment has been critical in
responding to Fleet casualty reports and technical community
requirements and significantly reduces Fleet operating costs.