Flat panel display products suitable for use with high-end graphics workstations are coming within reach. System engineers are excited about the design opportunities provided by these new display systems. Beyond the obvious volume savings, improved ruggedness, immunity from electromagnetic interference, and potentially lower cost, flat panel displays are critical to widely distributing electronic information throughout a `paper-less' ship. They will also enable innovative compartment and equipment arrangements. Onboard naval vessels, workstation class displays suitable for text, graphics, imagery, and multimedia presentation will be required. Plans are in place to begin evaluating ashore, and at sea, some of the leading-edge flat panel display devices. Program requirements for current and next generation workstation class flat panel displays are beginning to emerge. Common standards and requirements for these type displays should be developed across the Department of Defense in conjunction with industry.