The US Navy’s Bureau of Ships (BuShips) supervised the design, construction, conversion, procurement, maintenance, and repair of ships and other craft for the navy; managing shipyards, repair facilities, laboratories, and shore stations; developing specifications for fuels and lubricants; and conducted salvage operations. Established by Congress on June 20, 1940, BuShips was abolished by DOD Order on March 9, 1966, as part of the general overhaul of the navy’s bureau system of material support. BuShips was succeeded by the Naval Ship Systems Command, now known as the Naval Sea Systems Command or NAVSEA.