9 Facts About Ship Commissioning


Ship commissioning is the act or ceremony of placing a ship in active service, and may be regarded as a particular application of the general concepts and practices of project commissioning.

Project commissioning is the process of assuring that all systems and components of a building or industrial plant are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the owner or final client.

U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) on ... by US Military Videos & Photos


The term is most commonly applied to the placing of a warship in active duty with its country's military forces.

Active duty refers to a full-time occupation as part of a military force, as opposed to reserve duty.

A warship is a naval ship that is built and primarily intended for naval warfare.

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) commissioning by U.S. Navy


The ceremonies involved are often rooted in centuries old naval tradition.


Ship naming and launching endow a ship hull with her identity, but many milestones remain before she is completed and considered ready to be designated a commissioned ship.


The engineering plant, weapon and electronic systems, galley, and multitudinous other equipment required to transform the new hull into an operating and habitable warship are installed and tested.


The prospective commanding officer, ship's officers, the petty officers, and seamen who will form the crew report for training and intensive familiarization with their new ship.

The commanding officer or, if the incumbent is a general officer, commanding general, is the officer in command of a military unit.

A petty officer is a non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotion OR-6.


Prior to commissioning, the new ship undergoes sea trials to identify any deficiencies needing correction.


The preparation and readiness time between christening-launching and commissioning may be as much as three years for a nuclear powered aircraft carrier to as brief as twenty days for a World War II landing ship.

An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier.


USS Monitor, of American Civil War fame, was commissioned less than three weeks after launch.

The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States fought from 1861 to 1865.

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