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Encyclopedia > Ship prefix

A ship prefix is a combination of letters, usually abbreviations, used in front of the name of a civilian or naval ship. Italian ship-rigged vessel Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large, sea-going watercraft. ...


Prefixes for civilian vessels may either identify the type of propulsion, such as "SS" for steamship, or purpose, such as "RV" for research vessel. Civilian prefixes are often used inconsistently, and frequently not at all. Sometimes a slash is used to separate the letters, as in "M/S". Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland Left: original paddlewheel from a paddle steamer on the lake of Lucerne. ... A research vessel is a ship primarily constructed to carry out scientific research at sea. ...


Naval prefixes came into use as abbreviations for longer titles, such as "His/Her Majesty's Ship" in the Royal Navy, abbreviated "H.M.S" and then "HMS". Earlier uses often included the type of vessel, as for instance "U.S.F." ("United States Frigate") for frigates of the United States Navy. Today the common practice is to use a single prefix for all warships of a nation's navy, and other prefixes for auxiliaries and ships of allied services, such as coast guards. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... For the bird, see Frigatebird. ... USN redirects here. ... Diagrams of first and third rate warships, England, 1728 Cyclopaedia. ... A coast guard is a national organization responsible for various services at sea. ...


The use of ship prefixes is not universal; in particular neither the Third Reich's Kriegsmarine nor the Imperial Japanese Navy used ship prefixes. Some English-language writers use prefixes like "DKM" (for "Deutsche Kriegsmarine") and "HIJMS" (for "His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship") or "IJN" (for "Imperial Japanese Navy", a translation of 大日本帝国海軍 dai-nippon teikoku kaigun) for consistency with "HMS" and "USS". Other writers follow the practice of the navy and omit any prefix. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... The Kriegsmarine (or War Navy) was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, during the Nazi regime, superseding the Reichsmarine. ... The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) (: 大日本帝國海軍 Shinjitai: 大日本帝国海軍   or 日本海軍 Nippon Kaigun), officially Navy of Empire of Greater Japan, also known as the Japanese Navy or Combined Fleet was the Navy of Empire of Japan from 1869 until 1947, when it was dissolved following Japans constitutional renunciation of the use of force...


From the 20th century onwards, most navies identify ships by hull numbers — identification codes typically painted on the side of the ship. Each navy has its own system: the United States Navy uses hull classification symbols, and the Royal Navy and other navies of Europe and the Commonwealth use pennant numbers. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Hull number is the number given to a ship when it is built. ... The United States Navy uses hull classification symbols (sometimes called hull codes) to identify the types of its ships. ... HMS Leeds Castle, launched in 1943 as a corvette with pennant number K384, was redesignated a frigate in 1948 and given the new flag superior F as seen here. ...


This tables lists both current and historical prefixes known to have been used.

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Generic (Merchant Navy) prefixes

  Prefix   Meaning
AHT Anchor Handling Tug
AHTS Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel
DB Derrick Barge
DCV Deepwater Construction Vessel
DSV Diving Support Vessel/ Deep Submergence Vehicle
FPV Free Piston Vessel
FV Fishing Vessel
GTS Gas Turbine Ship
HLV Heavy Lift Vessel
HSC High Speed Craft
MS Motor Ship
MSY Motor Sailing Yacht
MT Motor Tanker
MV Motor Vessel
nb Narrowboat
NS Nuclear Ship
OSV Offshore Support Vessel
PS Paddle Steamer
PSV Platform Supply Vessel
RV Research Vessel
SB Sailing Barge
SS Steamship
SSCV Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel
SV Sailing Vessel
TS Turbine Steamer
TV Training Vessel

Anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels supply oil platforms, as well as tow them to location and serve as standby rescue and firefighting vessels. ... A diving support vessel is a ship that is used as a floating base for professional diving projects. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A high-speed craft (HSC) is a high speed water vessel for civilian use, also called a fastcraft or fast ferry. ... A motor ship is a ship propulsed by a motor, which in this context means an internal combustion engine. ... Moored narrowboats near Tardebigge, Worcestershire, England Horse drawing a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal. ... A paddle steamer, paddleboat, or paddlewheeler is a ship or boat propelled by one or more paddle wheels driven by a steam engine. ... Platform supply vessel (often abbreviated as PSV) is a ship specially designed to supply offshore oil platforms. ... A research vessel is a ship primarily constructed to carry out scientific research at sea. ... Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland Left: original paddlewheel from a paddle steamer on the lake of Lucerne. ... A semi-submersible or semisubmersible is a watercraft that can put much of its bulk underwater. ... Traditional wooden cutter under sail. ...

National or military prefixes

  Country   Service   Prefix   Meaning
Argentina Argentine Navy ARA Navy of the Argentine Republic (Spanish: Armada de la Republica Argentina)
Australia Royal Australian Navy HMAS His/Her Majesty's Australian Ship
Australia (Victoria) Royal Navy HMVS His/Her Majesty's Victorian Ship (obsolete)
Bahamas Bahamian Defense Force HMBS His/Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship
Bangladesh Bangladesh Navy BNS Bangladesh Naval Ship
Barbados Barbadan Defence Force HMBS His/Her Majesty's Barbadian Ship
Belgium Belgian Navy BNS Belgium Naval Ship (NATO prefix)
Brunei Darussalam Royal Brunei Navy KDB Kapal Di-Raja Brunei — Royal Brunei Ship
Canada Canadian Forces Maritime
Command (MARCOM)
HMCS/NCSM His/Her Majesty's Canadian Ship/Navire Canadien de Sa Majesté
Canada Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Canadian Coast Guard Ship
Canada Canadian Coast Guard CCGC Canadian Coast Guard Cutter
Colombia Armada Nacional ARC Armada de la Republica de Colombia
Confederate States
of America
Confederate States Navy CSS Confederate States Ship
Croatia Croatian War Navy HRM Hrvatska Ratna Mornarica
Denmark Royal Danish Navy HDMS (Danish: KDM) His/Her Danish Majesty's Ship (Danish: Kongelige Danske Marine)
Ecuador Armada Ecuatoriana BAE Buque de la Armada de Ecuador
Estonia Estonian Navy ENS (Estonian: EML) Estonian Naval Ship (NATO designation)
Estonia Estonian Coast Guard ECGS Estonian Coast Guard Ship (NATO designation)
Fiji ?? RFNS Republic of Fiji Naval Ship
Finland Finnish Navy FNS Finnish Navy Ship
France French Navy FS French Ship (NATO designation); France does not use prefixes internally
German Empire Kaiserliche Marine SM U## Seiner Majestät Unterseeboot (English: His Majesty's Submarine)
German Empire Kaiserliche Marine SMS Seiner Majestät Schiff (English: His Majesty's Ship)
Germany (Third Reich) Kriegsmarine (no prefix; some authors use "DKM" for "Deutsche Kriegsmarine")
Germany (West Germany) Bundesmarine FGS Federal German Ship (NATO designation); Germany does not use prefixes internally
Germany (reunited) Deutsche Marine FGS Federal German Ship (NATO designation); Germany does not use prefixes internally
Greece Hellenic Navy HS Hellenic Ship (NATO designation)
Guyana ?? GDFS Guyanan Defense Forces Ship
Iceland Icelandic Coast Guard M/s ???
Iceland Icelandic Coast Guard V/s Varðskip (Icelandic for Guard ship)
Iceland Icelandic Coast Guard ICV Icelandic Coast Guard Vessel (Used by British naval forces during the Cod Wars)
India (British) Indian Navy (pre-Republic) HMIS His/Her Majesty's Indian Ship
India Indian Coast Guard CGS Coast Guard Ship
India Indian Navy INS Indian Naval Ship
Indonesia Indonesian Navy KRI Kapal Republik Indonesia (Republic of Indonesia Ship)
Ireland, Republic of Irish Naval Service Long Éireannach — Irish ship
Israel Israeli Sea Corps INS Israeli Naval Ship
Italy, Kingdom of (until 1946) Regia Marina RN Regia Nave -- Royal Ship
Italy, Kingdom of (until 1946) Regia Marina R.Smg. Regio Sommergibile -- Royal Submarine
Italy (since 1946) Marina Militare ITS Italian Ship (NATO designation); Italy does not use prefixes any more
Japan (Imperial) Imperial Japanese Navy (no prefix; some authors use "HIJMS" for "His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship")
Japan (after WWII) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Japan Defense Ship
Kenya Kenya Navy KNS Kenyan Naval Ship
Latvia Latvian Navy LVS Latvian Ship (NATO designation)
Lithuania Lithuanian Navy LNS Lithuanian Ship (NATO designation)
Malaysia Royal Malaysian Navy KD Kapal Di-Raja — Royal Ship
Mexico Armada de México ARM Armada de la República Mexicana
Netherlands Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS (Dutch: Hr.Ms. or Zr.Ms.) His/Her Netherlands Majesty's Ship (Dutch: Harer Majesteits or Zijner Majesteits)
New Zealand Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS His/Her Majesty's New Zealand Ship
Nigeria ? NNS Nigerian Naval Ship
Norway Royal Norwegian Navy HNoMS (Norwegian: KNM) His Norwegian Majesty's Ship (Norwegian: Kongelige Norske Marine)
Norway Norwegian Coast Guard NoCGV (Norwegian: KV) Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel (Norwegian: Kongelig Vakttjeneste)
Oman ? SNV Sultanate Naval Vessel
Pakistan Pakistani Navy PNS Pakistani Naval Ship
Papua New Guinea ? HMPNGS His/Her Majesty's Papua New Guinea Ship
Peru Peruvian Navy BAP Peruvian Navy Ship (Spanish: Buque Armada Peruana)
Peru Peruvian Navy BIC Scientific Research Ship (Spanish: Buque de Investigación Científica)
Philippines Philippine Navy BRP Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas
(Ship of the Republic of the Philippines)
Poland Polish Navy ORP Ship of the Polish Republic
(Polish: Okręt Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)
Portugal Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa NRP Portuguese Republic Ship (Navio da República Portuguesa)
Russia Russian Navy RFS Russian Federation Ship; Russia does not use prefixes internally
Saudi Arabia Saudi Navy HMS His Majesty's Ship — the same as the Royal Navy
Singapore Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Republic of Singapore Ship
South Africa South African Navy SAS South African Ship
Spain Armada Española SPS Spanish Naval Ship
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Navy SLNS Sri Lanka Naval Ship
Sweden Royal Swedish Navy HMS Hans/Hennes majestäts skepp — the same as the Royal Navy but in swedish
Taiwan (Republic of China) Republic of China Navy ROCS (older usage: CNS) Republic of China Ship (older usage: Chinese Navy Ship)
Thailand Royal Thai Navy HTMS His Thai Majesty's Ship
Turkey Turkish Navy TCG Ship of the Turkish Republic (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Gemisi)
Trinidad and Tobago ? TTS Trinidad and Tobago Ship
United Kingdom Ships carrying mail RMS Royal Mail Steamer/Ship
United Kingdom (Scotland) Fishery protection vessels FPV Fisheries Protection Vessel
United Kingdom Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships RFA Royal Fleet Auxiliary
United Kingdom Royal Maritime Auxillary
Service
ships
RMAS Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service
United Kingdom Hospital ships HMHS His/Her Majesty's Hospital Ship
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMS His/Her Majesty's Ship/Submarine
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMSm His/Her Majesty's Submarine
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMT His/Her Majesty's Tug (or Troopship - not currently in use)
United Kingdom Bark HMB His/Her Majesty's Bark (archaic)
United Kingdom British Army HMAV His/Her Majesty's Army Vessel (not currently in use)
United Kingdom Royal Air Force HMAFV His/Her Majesty's Air Force Vessel (not currently in use)
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMY His/Her Majesty's Yacht (not currently in use)
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMMGB His/Her Majesty's Motor Gun Boat (not currently in use)
United Kingdom Royal Navy HMM His/Her Majesty's Monitor (not currently in use)
United Kingdom (England and Wales) Trinity House THV Trinity House Vessel (Lighthouse and Buoy Tender)
United Kingdom (Scotland and Isle of Man) Northern Lighthouse Board NLV Northern Lighthouse Vessel (Lighthouse tender)
United Kingdom British Army RCLV Royal Corps of Logistics Vessel (not currently in use)
United Kingdom Royal Navy HBMS His/Her Britannic Majesty's Ship (archaic)
United Kingdom Government research ships RRS Royal Research Ship
United States U.S. Air Force USAF United States Air Force ship (not currently in use)
United States U.S. Army USAS United States Army Ship
United States U.S. Army USAV United States Army Vessel
United States U.S. Army USAT United States Army Transport (not currently in use)
United States U.S. Army USAHS United States Army Hospital Ship (not currently in use)
United States U.S. Navy USF United States Frigate (obsolete)
United States U.S. Navy USFS United States Flagship (obsolete)
United States U.S. Navy USS United States Ship
United States U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command USNS United States Naval Ship (USN owned, civilian crews)
United States United States Coast Guard USCGC United States Coast Guard Cutter
United States United States Revenue Cutter Service USRC United States Revenue Cutter (obsolete)
Uruguay Uruguayan Navy ROU Republica Oriental del Uruguay
Venezuela Venezuelan Navy ARBV Armada Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela

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The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... A monitor was a special form of warship, little more than a self-propelled floating artillery platform that could move close inshore and give its support to military operations on land. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff (Caerdydd) Largest city Cardiff (Caerdydd) Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total... The Corporation of Trinity House - came into being in 1514 by Royal Charter granted by Henry VIII. Flag of Trinity House Trinity House has three main functions: The care of all lighthouses in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. ... Cape Wrath lighthouse The Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), previously known as the Commissioners of Northern Light Houses, is the organisation responsible for marine navigation aids around the coastal areas of Scotland and the Isle of Man. ... A lighthouse tender is a ship specifically designed to maintain, support, or tend to lighthouses, providing supplies, fuel, mail and transportation. ... The armed forces of the United Kingdom are known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majestys Armed Forces, sometimes legally the Armed Forces of the Crown[2]. Their Commander-in-Chief is the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and they are managed by the Defence Council of the... The Royal Logistic Corps is the British Army corps that provides the logistic support for the Army. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... His or Her Majestys Ship (HMS) is the title of any commissioned ship in the British Royal Navy, and refers to the King or Queen of the United Kingdom as appropriate at the time. ... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... Starting in 1957 the US Air Force began operating a small fleet of Missile Range Instrumentation Ships to support missile test ranges. ... It has been suggested that United States Army values be merged into this article or section. ... USN redirects here. ... The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy (USN) organization that controls most of the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ... The United States Revenue Cutter Service was established by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in 1790 as an armed maritime law enforcement service. ... The armed forces of Uruguay are constitutionally subordinate to the president through the Minister of Defense. ... As of 2000, the armed forces enlisted 87,500 individuals in four service branches--the Army, Navy (including the Marine Corps), Air Force, and the Armed Forces of Cooperation (FAC), commonly known as the National Guard. ...

Notes

The designations for United Kingdom ships applied at the time of the British Empire, before the establishment of separate navies for the Dominions.[citation needed]


In the Royal Netherlands Navy, "HNLMS" is the prefix in English, a translation of the Dutch original "Hr.Ms." or "Zr.Ms.". "Hr.Ms." should preferably not be used English-language documents; nevertheless it is often seen on the World Wide Web. Until the moment a Dutch naval ship officially enters active service in the fleet, the ship's name is used without the prefix. Flag of the Royal Netherlands Navy Royal Netherlands Navy Jack The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy ) is the navy of the Netherlands. ... In Dutch, military ship names are given the prefix Harer Majesteits (her majestys or Hr. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (WWW or simply the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents that runs over the Internet. ...


In the United States Navy, all prefixes other than "USS," "USNS" and "USCGC" were obsoleted in 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law a bill fixing American naval nomenclature. The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ...


A United States ship that has not yet been commissioned in the Navy does not hold the title of USS, it holds the title of PCU (Pre-commissioned unit). For example, say a shipyard is building a new aircraft carrier:—the Flattop. From the date the keel is laid to the date it is commissioned, it is called the PCU Flattop. Only after it enters active service in the fleet and is commissioned will it be referred to as the USS Flattop. In Australia, the prefix NUSHIP is used to denote ships that have yet to be commissioned into the fleet.


Note that while calling a US ship "the USS Flattop" may make grammatical sense, the preliminary article "the" is deprecated by nearly all style guides, and the U.S. Navy. The Navy uses ship names without article, except for USS The Sullivans, named for the five Sullivan brothers, all lost at sea during World War II. Its British equivalent ("the HMS Flattop") is also deprecated, since "the Her Majesty's Ship" would be grammatically incorrect. USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the five Sullivan brothers — George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, aged 19 to 27 — who lost their lives when their ship, Juneau, was... The brothers on board Juneau; from l to r, Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan The Sullivan brothers were five siblings who all died during the same incident in World War II, the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian...


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