Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBoats & Boating · 1 decade ago

i know USS stands for united states ship?

I know USS stands for united states ship

who created this abbreviation, when and why

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I think I got it!!

    Even though it started informally as early as 1790 it wasn't codified until 1907 by

    President Roosevelt.

    Here's a brief history:

    The prefix "USS," meaning "United States Ship," is used in official documents to identify a commissioned ship of the Navy. It applies to a ship while she is in commission. Before commissioning, or after decommissioning, she is referred to by name, with no prefix. Civilian-manned ships of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) are not commissioned ships; their status is "in service," rather than "in commission." They are, nonetheless, Navy ships in active national service, and the prefix "USNS" (United States Naval Ship) was adopted to identify them. Other Navy vessels classified as "in service" are simply identified by their name (if any) and hull number, with no prefix.

    Into the early years of the 20th century there was no fixed form for Navy ship prefixes. Ships were rather haphazardly identified, in correspondence or documents, by their naval type (U.S. Frigate ____), their rig (United States Barque ____), or their function (United States Flag-Ship ______). They might also identify themselves as "the Frigate _____," or, simply, "Ship ______." The term "United States Ship," abbreviated "USS," is seen as early as the late 1790s; it was in frequent, but far from exclusive, use by the last half of the 19th century.

    In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt issued an Executive order that established the present usage:

    In order that there shall be uniformity in the matter of designating naval vessels, it is hereby directed that the official designation of vessels of war, and other vessels of the Navy of the United States, shall be the name of such vessel, preceded by the words, United States Ship, or the letters U.S.S., and by no other words or letters.

    --Executive Order 549, 8 January 1907.

    Today's Navy Regulations define the classification and status of naval ships and craft:

    1. The Chief of Naval Operations shall be responsible for ... the assignment of classification for administrative pur- poses to water-borne craft and the designation of status for each ship and service craft. ....

    2. Commissioned vessels and craft shall be called "United States Ship" or "U.S.S."

    3. Civilian manned ships, of the Military Sealift Command or other commands, designated "active status, in service" shall be called "United States Naval Ship" or "U.S.N.S."

    4. Ships and service craft designated "active status, in service," except those described by paragraph 3 of this article, shall be referred to by name, when assigned, classification, and hull number (e.g., "HIGH POINT PCH-1" or "YOGN-8").

    -- United States Navy Regulations, 1990, Article 0406.

  • 4 years ago

    United States Ship

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This abbreviation has been around for a very long time, practically since the US first had a navy. Most countries use a similar method of identifying their ships. The UK uses HMS - Her Majesty's Ship and Canada uses HMCS - Her Majesty's Canadian Ship.

  • 1 decade ago

    because its shorter than saying United States Ship. They abreviate everything now...

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  • 1 decade ago

    a Bravo Zulu and ten points to Sarge 1572!

  • 1 decade ago

    I was in the Navy...thought it was for U sexy sailor!

  • Dave M
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Go Sarge !!!!

    What a champ!

  • 1 decade ago

    it stands for "united states service" just like the brits and HMS stand for " her majesty's service."

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