Modularity in the design and construction of naval vessels is considered wherein modular installations that provide basic ship structure and services allowing various mission packages to be installed and interchanged as necessary are integrated in an otherwise conventional ship envelope. Consideration is given to providing a ship envelope from a primarily commercial shipbuilder, which could include such modules, but which is then transferred to a naval shipyard integrator for completion, including those modules which are purely naval mission oriented. In the context of such consideration the competitive practices of international commercial shipbuilders, particularly related to large passenger ships, suggest a potential application to naval vessels.

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