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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Team Ships?

Team Ships mission is to acquire and support the current and future surface fleet for the United States Navy. Team Ships translates warfighter requirements into combat capability, building and supporting ships, boats and craft from cradle to grave, enabling our nation and its allies to project presence in peace, power in war, and assured access at all times.

Team Ships is led by the Program Executive Officer, Ships (PEO Ships) and the Deputy Commander for Ship Maintenance and Modernization, NAVSEA 21 (SEA 21). Team Ships acquires and supports the current and future surface fleet of destroyers, amphibious, auxiliary, and sealift ships, boats and special craft as well as ship inactivations and foreign military sales programs.

Where is Team Ships headquartered?

Team Ships headquarters are located at the Washington Navy Yard, in Southeast Washington, D.C.

Team Ships
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue S.E.
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376

Where does Team Ships fit into the Navy Chain of Command?

PEO Ships reports directly to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)) for matters regarding acquisition management. SEA 21 reports to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) regarding support for in-service vessels.

Information on ASN(RD&A) can be found at
More information on NAVSEA can be found at http://www.navsea.navy.mil

Which ship programs are managed by Team Ships?

Team Ships, comprised of PEO Ships and SEA 21, manages the acquisition, life cycle support, and ship inactivation and transfer of surface ships, boats and craft.

PEO Ships is organized into program offices responsible for the acquisition of ships, boats and small craft as well as support offices such as the Acquisition Management and the Electric Ships Office which assist in procuring government-furnished equipment and the integration of propulsion technologies, respectively.

NAVSEA 21 (SEA 21) is the dedicated life cycle management organization for the Navy's in-service non-nuclear surface ships, managing critical modernization, maintenance, training, inactivation and international Fleet support programs. SEA 21 was stood up in 2007 as NAVSEA’s single point of contact for complete life cycle support for the current Fleet and the principal interface with the Ship Maintenance and Modernization Enterprise. A key responsibility of SEA 21 is to sustain Fleet capability and readiness through improved maintenance and modernization practices across ship classes in order to reach the ship’s expected service-life.

How large is Team Ships?

Though it fluctuates, Team Ships currently employs more than 500 military and civilian experts in such fields as engineering, naval architecture, acquisition, test and evaluation, logistics and life cycle support, and finance.

What programs does Team Ships manage?

Together, PEO Ships and SEA 21 manage the acquisition and life cycle support for the following classes of surface ships: 

Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) class frigates
Ticonderoga (CG 47) class guided-missile cruisers
Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class guided-missile destroyers
Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class guided-missile destroyers
Wasp (LHD 1) class amphibious assault ships
Tarawa (LHA 1) class amphibious assault ships
America (LHA(R)) class amphibious assault ships
Austin (LPD 4) class amphibious transport docks
San Antonio (LPD 17) class amphibious transport dock
Whidbey Island (LSD 41) class dock landing ships
Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) class dock landing ships
Cyclone (PC 1) class coastal patrol ships
Avenger (MCM 1) class mine countermeasures ships
Blue Ridge (LCC) class command ships
Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)
Oceanographic Survey Ship (T-AGS 66)
Missile Range Instrumentation Ship (T-AGM 25)
Neil Armstrong Class AGOR (AGOR 27) class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship
LX(R) dock landing ship replacement program
T-AO(X) oiler replacement program
Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD)
Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB)
Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program
Landing Craft, Air Cushion Service Life Extension Program (LCAC SLEP)
Landing Craft, Utility/Landing Craft, Mechanized


Where can I find a list of Navy ships? Which ships are currently active in the fleet?

You can find information on Navy ships using the following site.

The Naval Vessel Register: http://www.nvr.navy.mil/

Where can I find out whether a particular ship is at sea, when it started deployment, when it is due to return to its home port, or how I might contact a friend aboard that ship?

For direct information regarding specific ships, please visit the respective individual websites for up-to-date, non-classified information. For example, the website of the USS Cole (DDG 67) is located at
http://www.cole.navy.mil/. Please note; however, that the specific ship you are searching for may not have a current web page.

I’d like to learn more about Navy ships programs. Where can I find a collection of facts?

More information about Navy ships is available at the Navy Fact File at:

Where can I find information on the history of various Navy ships?

Information about ship history is available at:
http://www.history.navy.mil/, the Naval Vessel Register at http://www.nvr.navy.mil, or

NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Code 284, Bldg 705
Portsmouth, VA 23709-1020
(757) 967-3484
(757) 967-2957 (FAX)
PLA (Incoming Only): NVR NORFOLK VA

Where can I find information about ship plans and about obtaining or making models of Navy Ships?

For information about ship models, please visit the Naval History & Heritage Command website at

What are the milestones in the construction of a new ship?

Information on new ship construction, including the naming of ships, is discussed on the “Shipbuilding 101” section of the Team Ships website, located at

Updated July 2019