What is the Naval Vessel Register

The Naval Vessel Register, also known as the NVR, is the official agency that documents all United States ships and service crafts that are under the responsibility of the United States Navy. The NVR details all information relating to vessels at every stage of their vessel life, from initial authorization to ships that have been removed (or ‘stricken’) from the register. The NVR is also responsible for managing and administering detailed information pertaining to each vessel.

Naval Vessel Register explained

The NVR is a well-established US-based agency and its origins date back to the 1880s. It has since developed its repertoire of services to include vessel classification and vessel registry, amongst other services.

Vessels are only listed on the NVR once they have been provided with a vessel classification number and a hull number. These numbers must be authorized by the President of the United States in order for them to be approved by the NVR.

The information listed on the Naval Vessel Register is extremely valuable and detailed. It includes information regarding the vessel’s entire lifecycle, as well as details pertaining to all vessels that have been removed from the register, including details regarding where the vessel has sunk. The register is very thorough and is maintained on a weekly basis in order to ensure that it is completely up to date. It is available to view in an electronic format and can only be viewed online. Approximately 6,500 individually recorded transactions are processed annually, with each transaction holding its own official documentation.

The NVR includes the following:

  • Current naval crafts
  • Naval vessels under construction
  • Crafts that are converted, loaned or leased
  • Crafts assigned to the Military Sealift Command

Vessels that are removed, or stricken from the NVR are sometimes used as a reserve fleet in the National Defense Reserve Fleet for the USA.