The LHA Ship is the first application of Reliability at the ship and subsystem level for a naval combatant ship. Until the advent of the LHA Project the use of the Reliability discipline within the U.S. Navy had generally been confined to the component or “black box” level and usually in the electronics field. The expressed purpose of the Reliability Program is to impact the ship design which will lead to the delivery of a better weapons system to the Navy.This paper describes the scope of effort undertaken to comply with Military Standard MIL-STD-785. The three phases of this extensive undertaking are discussed, namely definition of requirements, performance of analytical tasks to support the requirements and verification of requirements. The data sources employed and the methods of utilization are also described. Certain conclusions are presented based on accomplishments to date and expectations for the future portion of the contract.