10 U.S. Code § 8674 - Examination of vessels; striking of vessels from Naval Vessel Register
(a) Boards of Officers To Examine Naval Vessels.—
The Secretary of the Navy shall designate boards of naval officers to examine naval vessels, including unfinished vessels, for the purpose of making a recommendation to the Secretary as to which vessels, if any, should be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. Each vessel shall be examined at least once every three years if practicable.
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), any naval vessel examined under this section on or after January 1, 2020, shall be examined with minimal notice provided to the crew of the vessel.
(b) Actions by Board.—
A board designated under subsection (a) shall submit to the Secretary in writing its recommendations as to which vessels, if any, among those it examined should be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
(c) Action by Secretary.—
If the Secretary concurs with a recommendation by a board that a vessel should be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, the Secretary shall strike the name of that vessel from the Naval Vessel Register.
(d) Annual Report.—
(1) Not later than March 1 each year, the board designated under subsection (a) shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the following:
An overall narrative summary of the material readiness of Navy ships as compared to established material requirements standards.
Each report under this subsection shall be submitted in an unclassified form that is releasable to the public without further redaction.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–232, § 322(a), designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 115–232, § 322(b), added subsec. (d).