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The Integrated Ship Database: A Rapid-Access Database of Naval Ship Information-A Users Manual

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Technical Report

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CNA Corporation Alexandria United States

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Analytical and information support for Navy decision-makers and staff action officers demands easy, quick access to reliable information about ships. In this CNA Interactive Software CIS product, we offer a relatively quick and easy-to-learn way to find information on naval shipsfuture, current, and pastfrom authoritative sources on the Internet. We present the data in a simple database titled the Integrated Ship Database. The database resides in a Microsoft Excel workbook. Our fundamental data source is the on-line Naval Vessel Register NVRThe Official Inventory of US Naval Ships and Craft 1. The NVR contains a wealth of information on ships and service craft over the course of a vessels life cycle. Although the on-line information is quite useful, it is not available in the standard database format of fields and records. Therefore, it is of only limited use to researchers and others who must search, sort, query, and count. We believe the information could be even more useful if it were available in such form.

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