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His or Her Majesty's Ship (HMS) is the title used for ships of the navy in some monarchies, either formally or informally. Handsome Boy Modeling School is a hip-hop collaboration between Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, producer of influential rap trio De La Soul. ... A ship prefix is a combination of letters, usually abbreviations, used in front of the name of a civilian or naval ship. ...



  • In the British Royal Navy, it refers to the King or Queen of the United Kingdom as appropriate at the time. Formerly, HBMS for His or Her Britannic Majesty's Ship was also used.[1]
  • In the Royal Swedish Navy, consequently, the prefix stands for Hans or Hennes Majestäts Skepp.

This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... The Swedish Navy (Swedish Marinen) is the naval branch of the Swedish Armed Forces. ...

United Kingdom

Submarines in Her Majesty's service have the prefix HM Submarine, as they are technically boats not ships. Similarly, the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was a commissioned ship in the Royal Navy, was known as HMY Britannia. Otherwise all ships in the Royal Navy are known as HM Ships, though formerly when a distinction was made between three-masted ship-rigged ships and smaller vessels they would be called HM Frigate X, or HM Sloop Y. Britannia HM Yacht Britannia was the 83rd Royal Yacht since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660 (Charles II himself had 25 Royal Yachts, while five were simultaneously in service in 1831). ... Italian Full rigged ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large watercraft capable of offshore navigation. ...

The prefix "HMS" is also used by shore establishments which are commissioned "stone frigates" in the Royal Navy. Examples include HMS Excellent, which is a training school located on an island in Portsmouth Harbour, and HMS Vulcan, in Caithness in the Highland area of Scotland, which is established to test the design of nuclear power systems for use in submarines. Stone frigate is a nickname for a naval establishment on land. ... There have been a number of real ships named HMS Excellent over the years, but since around 1920 the name has been associated with the Royal Naval Gunnery training School at Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour. ... Portsmouth Harbour is a large natural harbour in Hampshire, England. ... Dounreay (Ordnance Survey Grid reference NC982669) is the name of a now ruinous castle on the north coast of Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland. ... Caithness (Gallaibh in Gaelic)[1] is a committee area of Highland Council, Scotland; a lieutenancy area; and a registration county, Caithness was formerly a district within the Highland region from 1975 to 1996 and a local government county with its own county council from 1890 to 1975. ... Location Geography Area Ranked 1st  - Total 30,659 km²  - % Water  ? Admin HQ Inverness ISO 3166-2 GB-HLD ONS code 00QT Demographics Population Ranked 7th  - Total (2005) 213,590  - Density 8 / km² Politics The Highland Council http://www. ... This article is about the country. ... This article is about applications of nuclear fission reactors as power sources. ... For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ...

The sample ship name used by the Royal Navy is HMS Nonsuch[2]. This is a name that has been used by the Royal Navy in the past; on the eve of World War II the name devolved to the Royal Canadian Navy. HMCS Nonsuch is at present the "stone frigate" of the Edmonton Division of the Canadian Naval Reserve.[3] This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Nine vessels of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Nonsuch. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For history after 1968, see Canadian Forces Maritime Command The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was the navy of Canada from 1911 until 1968 when the three Canadian armed services were unified to form the Canadian Forces. ... Her Majestys Canadian Ship (HMCS) is the English designation of any Canadian warship. ...

British government ships not in the Royal Navy have other designations, such as "RFA" for ships in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is the service that keeps the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom running around the world. ...

Former British Empire

As one person is separately and equally monarch of each of the sixteen Realms of the Commonwealth, many other realms besides the United Kingdom use a variation of the "HMS" designation. A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the 16 sovereign states that recognize Queen Elizabeth II as their Queen and head of state. ...


Her Majestys Canadian Ship (HMCS) is the English designation of any Canadian warship, as well as many major Canadian naval bases such as HMCS Discovery and all Sea Cadet Summer Training Centers like HMCS Quadra. ... The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC), are the unified armed forces of Canada. ... Her Majestys Australian Ship (HMAS) is the designation of any Australian warship, as well as many major Australian naval bases such as HMAS Stirling. ... The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. ... The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is the maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. ... // Under The Defence Act, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has been mandated to defend The Bahamas, protect its territorial integrity, patrol its waters, provide assistance and relied in times of disaster, maintain order in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies of The Bahamas, and carry our any such duties... Military branches: The Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Police Force, Bermuda Reserve Constabulary Military expenditures - dollar figure: $NA Military expenditures - percent of GDP: NA% Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the United Kingdom Reference This article was originally adapted from the CIA World Factbook 2000. ... Badge of the JDF Roundel of Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is the overall name given to the combined armed forces of Jamaica. ...


  • Burma: HMBS – Her Majesty's Burmese Ship
  • South Africa: HMSAS – Her Majesty's South African Ship[4]
  • India: HMIS – Her Majesty's Indian Ship
  • Ceylon: HMCyS – His or Her Majesty's Ceylon Ship[14]
  • Pakistan: HMPS – His or Her Majesty's Pakistan Ship[14]

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  1. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq63-1.htm
  2. ^ http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/static/pages/3190.html
  3. ^ http://www.navres.forces.gc.ca/navres/noh/a/a_e.htm
  4. ^ a b [http://www.awm.gov.au/glossary/result.asp?browse=h Australian War Memorial Glossary
  5. ^ http://www.jdfmil.org/overview/bases/bases_home6.html
  6. ^ http://www.seemotive.de/abkmaritim/BuchstabeH.htm
  7. ^ Australian War Memorial - Unit Name Thesaurus
  8. ^ The gunboat CNS (formerly HMCS) Protector; 1909 (National Library of Australia)
  9. ^ http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/2001/10_15_01/story22.htm
  10. ^ Port-side view of the former South Australian Colonial gunboat HMAS (ex HMS, ex HMCS) Protector; 1918 (National Library of Australia)
  11. ^ Department of the Environment and Water Resources: HMVS Cerberus
  12. ^ http://www.navy.gov.au/reserves_new/historyDocuments/The_Great_Gun.doc
  13. ^ HMQS Gayundah (Aboriginal for 'lightning') and her sister ship HMQS Paluma ('thunder') (National Library of Australia)
  14. ^ a b http://www.4dw.net/royalark/abbrevs.htm

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