Inactive Ships Office (SEA 21I)
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Stop 2701
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-2701
NAVSEA Corporate Communications
The Navy Inactive Ships Office (SEA 21I) is responsible for managing the inactivation, storage, and disposal of conventionally powered U.S. Navy ships and crafts that have reached the end of their service life.
SEA21I is committed to supporting the fleet by developing ship inactivation plans, supporting inactivation availabilities and transitioning the ships from the Fleet. SEA21I ensures the inactive ship inventory is managed in a manner most advantageous to the Government to include ship dismantlement, support for weapons effects testing, foreign military sales transfer, as well as ship and material donations.
Through the authority of Title 10, U.S. Code Section 8676, the Secretary of the Navy may convey, by donation, all right, title and interest to any vessel stricken from the Naval Vessel Register or any captured vessel for use as a museum or memorial for public display in the United States to any State, the District of Columbia, any Commonwealth or possession of the United States, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof, or any nonprofit entity. Such donations must be at no cost to the Department of Defense.
Through the authority of sections 2572 and 8765 of title 10, this office is also the Secretary of the Navy’s agent for donation at no cost to the United States of captured, condemned, or obsolete ordnance and shipboard materiel, and other condemned or obsolete materiel to any State, territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States and political subdivision or municipal corporation thereof, the District of Columbia, eligible non-profit museum or memorial libraries, historical societies, and educational institutions whose graduates or students were in World War I or World War II.
This office manages the donation of U.S. Navy ships at no cost to the Government in accordance with federal statute Title 10 U.S.C. 7306. It also manages a material donation program and an inspection program for the donation ships.