All shipbuilders plan how they will build their ships. The plan may be only in someone's head or a detailed and documented process involving many people. Often different departments prepare independent plans which are then integrated by a Master Plan/Schedule. A Build Strategy is much more than the normal planning and scheduling and a description of how the Production Department will build the ship. Many shipbuilders use the term Build Strategy for their Production Plan only. In terms of this project, this is incorrect. The term Build Strategy as used throughout this report has a special, specific meaning. A BUILD STRATEGY IS AN AGREED DESIGN, ENGINEERING, MATERIAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTION AND TESTING PLAN PREPARED BEFORE WORK STARTS, TO IDENTIFY AND INTEGRATE ALL NECESSARY PROCESSES. A number of shipyards and the U.S. Navy believed in the benefit of the Build Strategy approach and this project was undertaken to accomplish the following objectives: 1. To determine, for a number of U.S. shipyards involved in building the selected ship type/s, capabilities and limitations and to classify them into common U.S. industry criteria 2. To determine how many U.S. shipbuilders currently use formal documented Build Strategies 3. To familiarize U.S. shipbuilding personnel with the Build Strategy approach, requirements and benefits 4. To determine U.S. shipyard perceived need for a formal Build Strategy 5. To prepare a generic Build Strategy that can be used by U.S. Navy program office during concept, preliminary and contract design as well as U.S. shipyards as the basis for the Build Strategy for a specific project 6. To prepare examples of the use of the generic Build Strategy for two selected ship types 7. To provide a final report on the findings of the shipyard survey on the use of formal Build Strategies, the perceived requirements, shipyard capabilities and limitations and how they were used/corporated into the generic Build Strategy.