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British, Colonial, and Dominion Navies
Glossary and Abbreviations
 
... (A) Captain, Adrmiral, etc. (A). Officer in charge of aircraft carriers. For example, Vice-Admiral (A) is the officer commanding all carriers in that command.
(Also seen as AC.)
A.R.A.N.Z. Archives and Records Association of New Zealand
A/S Anti-Submarine
B.C. British Columbia (Canada)
Capt-i-C Captain-in-Charge
CiC Commander-in-Chief
(CS. ...) Officer in command of a cruiser squadron. For example, Rear-Admiral (CS.1) is the flag officer commanding the 1st Cruiser Squadron.
(CSK) Chief Store Keeper
(D) Captain, Rear-Admiral, etc. (D). Officer in charge of destroyers. For example, Rear-Admiral (D) is the officer commanding all destroyers in that command.
(D. ...) Officer in command of a destroyer division. For example, Captain (D.3) is the officer commanding the 3rd Destroyer Division.
(DF. ...) Officer in command of a destroyer flotilla. For example, Captain (DF.6) is the officer commanding the 6th Destroyer Flotilla.
DNO District Naval Officer
(E) Engineer
Engr Engineer
(F) Flag
(FF) Fleet or Flotilla Flag
FAA Fleet Air Arm (Naval Aviation)
FOCRIN Flag Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Navy
HMAS His Majesty's Australian Ship
HMCS His Majesty's Canadian Ship
HMIS His Majesty's Indian Ship
HMS His Majesty's Ship
HMNZS His Majesty's New Zealand Ship
HrMs Royal Dutch Navy (Harer Majesteits)
KNM Royal Norwegian Navy (Kongelig Norske Marine)
LCOCU Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance* Unit   (* also seen as Obstruction Clearing)
LL Double Longitudinal. Equipment for sweeping of magnetic mines
M/S Motor Ship
(M/S) Commander, Captain, etc. (M/S). Officer in charge of all mine sweepers in that command. (Also seen as MS.)
(N) Naval
N.S. Nova Scotia (Canada)
N.T. Northern Territory (Australia)
N.S.W. New South Wales (Australia)
Ont. Ontario (Canada)
ORP Ship or Officer of the Polish Navy (Okret Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)
Payr Paymaster
Qld. Queensland (Australia)
RAN Royal Australian Navy
RCN Royal Canadian Navy
(ret) retired
RFA Royal Fleet Auxiliary (vessels owned by the Admiralty, with Merchant Navy (i.e., civilian) crews under naval discipline, augmented with Royal Navy personnel)
RHN Royal Hellenic Navy (Greece)
RIN Royal Indian Navy
RM Royal Marines
RMS Royal Mail Ship. Seagoing vessels that carry mail under contract to the British Royal Mail.
RN Royal Navy
RNN Royal Norwegian Navy
RNethN Royal Netherlands Navy (also seen as RNLN)
RNR Royal Navy Reserve
RNVR Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
RNVSR Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve
RNZN Royal New Zealand Navy
(S) Commander, Captain, etc. (S). Officer commanding all submarines in that command. (Also seen as S/m.)
(S. ...) Officer in command of a submarine flotilla. For example, Captain (S.6) is the officer commanding the 6th Submarine Flotilla. (Also seen as S/m.)
S.A. South Australia (Australia)
SATS South African Training Ship
SO Senior Officer
SNO Senior Naval Officer
SOE Special Operations Executive
S/S Sailing Ship (mercantile vessel)
UK United Kingdom
Tas. Tasmania (Australia)
TBR Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance
Ty Temporary
Vic. Victoria (Australia)
W.A. Western Australia (Australia)
WRNVR Women's Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
WO Warrent Officer. (British: Senior Non-Commissioned Officer; US: Warrant Officer)
 
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