Designing Adaptable Ships: Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Designs

Designing Adaptable Ships: Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Designs

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This report explores the U.S. Navy's options for extending the service lives of operational ships by adopting the concepts of modularity and flexibility in ship design. These concepts can help to mitigate the risks of uncertain future missions and technologies to which ships will need to adapt, as well as potentially reduce modernization costs and/or initial cost.