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United States Navy Ship Classifications

The United States Navy classifies each of its surface and underwater warships through distinct identifiers.

The following is a list of current officially recognized ship designations utilized by the United States Navy as provided through the Naval Ship Register.


Vessel
Operators
CV
Aircraft Carrier (conventional propulsion)
CVN
Aircraft Carrier (nuclear propulsion)
BB
CA
Gun Cruiser
CG
Guided Missile Cruiser (conventional propulsion)
CGN
Guided Missile Cruiser (nuclear propulsion)
DD
DDG
Guided Missile Destroyer
FF
FFG
Guided Missile Frigate
FFR
Radar Picket Frigate
FFT
Frigate For Training Reserve Units
SS
Submarine (conventional propulsion)
SSN
Submarine (nuclear propulsion)
SSBN
Ballistic Missile Submarine (nuclear propulsion)
PG
LHA
Amphibious Assault Ship (with general purpose capabilities)
LHD
Amphibious Assault Ship (with multi-purpose capabilities)
LPD
Amphibious Transport Dock
LPH
Amphibious Transport Ship (with support for helicopters)
LKA
Amphibious Cargo Ship
LSD
Dock Landing Ship
LSM
Medium Landing Ship
LST
Tank Landing Ship
LCC
Amphibious Command Ship
AE
Ammunition Ship
AFS
Combat Shore Ship
AO
Oiler
AOE
Fast Combat Support Ship
AOR
Replenishment Oiler
MSO
Minesweeper, Ocean
MCM
MCS
Mine Countermeasures Support Ship
MHC
Minehunter, Coastal
PC
AD
Destroyer Tender
AR
Repair Ship
AS
Submarine Tender
ARS
Salvage Ship
ASR
Submarine Rescue Ship
ATA
Auxiliary Ocean Tug
ATF
Fleet Ocean Tug
ATS
Salvage & Rescue Ship
ACS
Auxiliary Crane Ship
AG
Auxiliary General
AGDS
Deep Submergence Support Ship
AGER
Environmental Research Ship
AGF
Miscellaneous Command Ship
AGM
Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
AGOR
Oceanographic Research Ship
AGOS
Ocean Surveillance Ship
AGS
Survey Ship
AGSS
Auxiliary Research Submarine
AH
Hospital Ship
AK
AKR
Vehicle Cargo Ship
AOG
Gasoline Tanker
AOT
Transport Oiler
AP
Transport
APD
High Speed Transport
ARC
Cable Repair Ship
AVB
Aviation Logistics Support Ship
AVT
Auxiliary Aircraft Landing Training Ship

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