Boats and Ships


Ship Disposal Regulations
DoDM 4160.21 Vol4 Page 157

Turn-In Instructions

Merchant Vessels or Ships or Vessels or Ships

The Naval Sea Systems Command’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships manages acquisition and complete life cycle support for all U.S. Navy non-nuclear surface ships.

These ships range from combatants to amphibious ships to supply and replenishment cargo ships. For these and all other non-nuclear surface craft, PEO Ships maintains “cradle to grave” responsibility.

At the end of a ship’s life, PEO Ships manages formal decommissioning from the Fleet and, in some cases, transfers or sells ships to friendly foreign navies.

When a ship is not transferred or sold, PEO Ships manages its inactivation and safe disposition through the Navy Inactive Ships Program (PMS-333).

Merchant vessels or ships capable of conversion to merchant use, of 1500 gross tons or more, when determined to be excess will be reported by the owning Service for disposal to:

Director, Office of Ships Operations
U.S. Department of Transportation
Maritime Administration
400 Seventh Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20590

Non-combatant Navy Ships

Non-combatant Navy ships listed in the Naval Vessel Register (NVR), when determined excess by the Navy, will be reported according to instructions furnished by the Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy, to DLA Disposition Services.

The Department of the Navy is responsible for DoD internal screening for these vessels. FCA screening will be accomplished according to procedures established between the Department of the Navy and GSA. Accountability for these ships and craft will remain with the Department of the Navy until transferred, donated, or sold.

All U.S. Navy decommissioned nuclear submarines and carriers are disposed of by PEO submarines and PEO carriers respectively.

Navy Boats and Small Craft

U.S. Navy boats and small craft will not be transferred to DLA Disposition Services sites for disposal processing unless an authorization letter accompanies the property from the Boat Inventory Manager (BIM) Combatant Craft Department (CCD).

This authorization is normally a letter from the BIM CCD to the custodian and the local DLA Disposition Services site, specifying the turn-in for disposal.

If the custodian receives a fax of the letter before the DLA Disposition Services site has received a mailed copy, this signed copy attached to the DD Form 1348-1A is adequate authorization.

The letter should include a BIM CCD POC for any questions that might arise. The same policy applies to issues.

No boats are to be issued to U.S. Navy activities without specific written approval from BIM CCD. (The authorization letter should contain authorization statements for both receipt and issue.)

Engines, Spares, and Marine Accessories

Engines, spares, and Marine accessories considered a component part of the ship, boat, or craft will be reported as part of the relevant vessel.

Other supportive equipment will be processed as normal excess or surplus property


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DD Form 1348-1a


The DD Form 1348-1A the most important document when interacting with DLA Disposition Services. It serves as the receipt for property turned in, and is an important record for auditability. 

Learn how to complete a DDForm-1348-1A .