Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility

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Aircraft carriers stored at the NISMF in Bremerton, 2012. From left to right: Independence, Kitty Hawk, Constellation and Ranger.

A Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) is a facility owned by the United States Navy as a holding facility for decommissioned naval vessels, pending determination of their final fate. All ships in these facilities are inactive, but some are still on the Naval Vessel Register (NVR), while others have been struck from that Register.

The ships that have been stricken from the NVR are disposed of by one of several means, including foreign military sale transfer, ship donation as a museum or memorial, domestic dismantling and recycling, artificial reefing, or use as a target vessel. Others are retention assets for possible future reactivation, which have been laid up for long-term preservation and are maintained with minimal maintenance (humidity control, corrosion control, flood/fire watch) should they need to be recalled to active duty.

The Navy has been reducing the number of inactive ships, which numbered as many as 195 in 1997, but was down to 49 by the end of 2014.[1]

The Naval Sea Systems Command's Inactive Ships Management Office (INACTSHIPOFF) is based in Portsmouth, Virginia.[2]

There are NISMFs in:

In addition, parts of Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard are designated for the storage of inactive nuclear powered vessels.

Inactive ship facilities in Suisun Bay, James River and Beaumont, Texas are owned and operated by the Maritime Administration under the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Vessels moored at NISMFs[edit]

Following is a list of vessels currently being stored at the facilities as per the NAVSEA Inactive Ship Inventory dated September 26, 2017 (with exceptions as referenced separately):[4]

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[edit]

Philadelphia NISMF in 1995.
Philadelphia NISMF in 1955.
The mothball fleet at Bremerton, Washington, in 1974.
View of the ships in the Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2016.
Ship Class Type Status
USS Barry (DD-933) Forrest Sherman Destroyer Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Boone (FFG-28) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Boulder (LST-1190) Newport Landing Ship, Tank Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Canon (PG-90) Asheville Gunboat Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Carr (FFG-52) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Charles F. Adams Destroyer On Donation Hold
USS Charleston (LKA-113) Charleston Amphibious Cargo Ship Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS De Wert (FFG-45) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS El Paso (LKA-117) Charleston Amphibious Cargo Ship Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Elrod (FFG-55) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USNS Grapple (T-ARS-53) Safeguard Salvage Ship Inactive, out of service, in reserve
USS Halyburton (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Hawes (FFG-53) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) Hayes oceanographic research ship Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier Stricken, to be disposed of.[5]
USS John L. Hall (FFG-32) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Kauffman (FFG-59) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Klakring (FFG-42) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Mobile (LKA-115) Charleston Amphibious Cargo Ship Stricken, to be disposed of.
USNS Mohawk (T-ATF-170) Powhatan Fleet ocean tug Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Nashville (LPD-13) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Nicholas (FFG-47) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Shreveport (LPD-12) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Simpson (FFG-56) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.
USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) Ticonderoga Cruiser Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Underwood (FFG-36) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be disposed of.
USS Yorktown (CG-48) Ticonderoga Cruiser Stricken, to be disposed of.

Bremerton, Washington[edit]

Ship Class Type Status
USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) Supply fast combat support ships Inactive, out of service, in reserve.
USS Dubuque (LPD-8) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USS Ford (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be sunk as target.
USS Ingraham (FFG-61) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be sunk as target.
USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) Supply fast combat support ships Inactive, out of service, in reserve.
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Kitty Hawk Aircraft Carrier Stricken, to be disposed of via scrapping.[6]
USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii[edit]

Ship Class Type Status
USS Cleveland (LPD-7) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USS Curts (FFG-38) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, to be sunk as target.
USS Denver (LPD-9) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USS Durham (LKA-114) Charleston Amphibious Cargo Ship Stricken, to be sunk as target.
USS Juneau (LPD-10) Austin Amphibious Transport Dock Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) Powhatan Fleet ocean tug Stricken.
USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50) Safeguard Salvage Ship Inactive, out of service, in reserve.
USS Tarawa (LHA-1) Tarawa Amphibious Assault Ship Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USS Peleliu (LHA-5) Tarawa Amphibious Assault Ship Inactive, out of commission, in reserve.
USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Stricken, possible foreign sale.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

  1. ^ http://news.usni.org/2015/04/03/document-navys-30-year-shipbuilding-plan-to-congress-for-fiscal-year-2016
  2. ^ "NAVSEA Field Activities". United States Navy. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  3. ^ GlobalSecurity.org - Naval Station Philadelphia
  4. ^ "NAVSEA Inactive Ships" (PDF). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Scrapyard or museum? After 10 years, still no firm plans for former Mayport carrier USS JFK". Jacksonville.com. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-24.

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