Ship naming conventions
Of these, only the USS remains in use.
Following the name of the ship, the hull classification and hull number are written in parentheses. If the ship was launched before the hull classification, it is often written with the year of the launch. This helps distinguish different ships with the same name. For example, the Enterprise:
- USS Enterprise (1799)
- USS Enterprise (1831)
- USS Enterprise (1874)
- USS Enterprise (SP-790)
- USS Enterprise (CV-6)
- USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
The names of British ships begin with HMS, standing for Her/His Majesty's Ship.
Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM)
The names of Canadian ships begin with either HMCS or NCSM—Her/His Majesty's Canadian Ship and Navire Canadien de Sa Majesté, respectively.