The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) was formed in 1971 under the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) as a collaboration with the shipbuilding industry to improve the productivity and international competitiveness of U.S. shipyards. Since 1982, the U.S. Navy has been increasing its participation in and support of the NSRP. This year marks the transition of NSRP management responsibility from MarAd to the Navy. Under Navy management, the NSRP is now organized into a voluntary Industry/Government Planning section, a Navy NSRP Program Management and Administration sections, and a contractually based Industry Execution and Implementation section.

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