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List of U.S. Navy acronyms

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The United States Navy, like any organization, produces its own acronyms and abbreviations, which often come to have meaning beyond their bare expansions. United States Navy personnel sometimes colloquially refer to these as NAVSpeak. Like other organizational colloquialisms, their use often creates or reinforces a sense of esprit and closeness within the organization.


  • 1MC  1 Main Circuit, shipboard public address system
  • 2MC – 2 Main Circuit, same as 1MC, but limited to the engine room
  • 3M – Maintenance and Material Management (3M System)
  • 3MA – Maintenance and Material Management Assistant
  • 3MC – Maintenance and Material Management Coordinator
  • 3MI – Maintenance and Material Management Inspection
  • 5MC – 5 Main Circuit, Carrier Flight Deck address system
  • 27MC – Control Room to Sonar Room address system

A

  • A-STRIKE – Assistant STRIKE Operations Officer (Carrier Scheduler/Planner)
  • AA – Airman Apprentice (E-2)
  • AAW  Anti-Air Warfare
  • AB – Aviation Boatswain's Mate
  • ABE – Aviation Boatswain's Mate – Equipment (Launch and Recovery Systems)
  • ABF – Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels)
  • ABFD – Advanced Base Floating Dry Dock, class/type of ship
  • ABH – Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Aircraft Handling)
  • AC – Air Traffic Controlman
  • ACR  Armored cruiser, class/type of ship
  • AD – Auxiliary, Destroyer Tender, class/type of ship
  • AD – Aviation Machinist's Mate
  • ADCON  Administrative control
  • ADNS – Automated Digital Network System
  • ADSW – Active Duty Special Work (U.S. Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically 6 months in duration)
  • ADT – Active Duty Training (U.S. Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically more than 30 days but less than 6 months)
  • AE – Auxiliary, Explosives, class/type of ship. An ammunition ship.
  • AE – Aviation Electrician's Mate
  • AF – Aviation Photographer's Mate
  • AFC – Aviation Fire Control
  • AFCM – Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman
  • FFF  Aqueous Film Forming Foam
  • AFS – Auxiliary, Fast Stores, class/type of ship. A supply ship that carries a little bit of everything, nicknamed "7-11"
  • AFSB – Afloat Forward Staging Base
  • AG – Aerographer's Mate
  • AIMD – Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (or Detachment)
  • AK – Auxiliary, Cargo, class/type of ship. An attack transport.
  • AK – Aviation Storekeeper (outdated; merged into LS rating)
  • ALNAV – All Navy
  • ALPO – Assistant Lead Petty Officer
  • AM – Aviation Structural Mechanic
  • AME – Aviation Structural Mechanic – Environmental (Air Conditioning, Oxygen, and Ejection Seats), Aviation Mechanical Exception
  • AMH – Aviation Structural Mechanic – Hydraulics
  • AMMRL – Aviation Maintenance Material Readiness List
  • AMO – Assistant Maintenance Officer
  • AMS – Aviation Structural Mechanic – Structures
  • AN – Airman
  • AO – Auxiliary, Fleet Oil, class/type of ship; Aviation Ordnanceman
  • OE – Auxiliary, Oil, Explosives, class/type of ship.
  • AOR – Auxiliary, Oil, Replenishment, class/type of ship
  • AOW – Auxilliaryman of the Watch
  • API – Aviation Preflight Indoctrination
  • AR – Auxiliary, Repair, class/type of ship. A repair ship
  • AR – Airman Recruit (E-1)
  • ARRS – Afloat Readiness Reporting System
  • ARS – Auxiliary, Repair and Salvage, class/type of ship
  • AS – Auxiliary, Submarine Tender, class/type of ship
  • AS – Aviation Support Equipment Technician
  • ASAU – Air Search and Attack Unit
  • ASR – Auxiliary, Submarine Rescue, class/type of ship
  • ASUW  Anti-Surface Warfare
  • ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • ASW – Auxiliary Seawater system
  • ASW  Anti-Submarine Warfare
  • ASWO – Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer
  • AT – Annual Training (U.S. Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically less than 30 days)
  • AT – Aviation Electronics Technician
  • ATS – Auxiliary, Towing and Salvage, class/type of ship
  • AUTEC  Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center
  • AUXO – Auxiliaries Officer
  • AVCM – Master Chief Avionics Technician
  • AVGAS – Aviation Gasoline
  • AWCS – Assistant Work Center Supervisor
  • AZ – Aviation Maintenance Administrationman

B

C

  • CA – Construction Apprentice[1]
  • CA  Cruiser, Armoured, class/type of ship. Heavy Cruiser (outdated)
  • CAG  Cruiser, Attack, Guided Missile, class/type of ship. Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser (outdated)
  • CAG  Commander, Air Group
  • CAPT – Captain
  • CBMU – Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit
  • CASCAN – CASREP Cancellation or Cancellation of Casualty Report
  • CASCOR – CASREP Correction or Correction of the Casualty in the Casualty Report
  • CASREP – Casualty Report
  • CC  Cruiser, class/type of ship
  • CCC – Comprehensive Communications Check
  • CDB – Career Development Board
  • CDC – Combat Direction Center (CIC on carriers)
  • CDO – Command Duty Officer
  • CDR – Commander
  • CE – Construction Electrician[1]
  • CEC  Civil Engineer Corps
  • CEC  Cooperative Engagement Capability
  • CED – Current Enlistment Date
  • CENTCOM – U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)
  • CF  Charlie Foxtrot (polite form of "Cluster Fuck")
  • CG  Cruiser, Guided Missile, class/type of ship
  • CGN  Cruiser, Guided Missile, Nuclear, class/type of ship (outdated)
  • CHC  Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy
  • CHENG – Chief Engineer (surface only)
  • CHMC  Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (always a Navy flag officer)
  • CIC  Combat Information Center
  • CICO  Combat Information Center Officer
  • CIS – CASREP Information System
  • CIVLANT – "Civilian Life" as defined by Atlantic Fleet personnel
  • CIVPAC – "Civilian Life" as defined by Pacific Fleet personnel
  • CIWS  Close-In Weapon System
  • CM – Construction Mechanic[1]
  • CMC  Commandant of the Marine Corps or Chaplain of the Marine Corps or Command Master Chief[4]
  • CMDCM – Command Master Chief
  • CMDCS – Command Senior Chief
  • CMS-ID – Career Management System-Interactive Detailing
  • CN – Constructionman[1]
  • CNATRA – Chief of Naval Air Training
  • CNAVRES – Chief of Navy Reserve
  • CNET – Command Naval Education and Training
  • CNIC – Commander, Navy Installations Command[8]
  • CNO  Chief of Naval Operations
  • CO  Commanding Officer[NB 1]
  • COB  Chief of the Boat (traditionally found only on submarines; pronounced "cob"). Can also be used for "close of business" (pronounced "C-O-B").
  • COD – Carrier Onboard Delivery
  • COMCVW – Commander, Carrier Air Wing
  • COMDESGRU – Commander, Destroyer Group
  • COMDESRON – Commander, Destroyer Squadron
  • COMEX – Commence Exercise
  • COMLANTFLT – Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • COMMO – Communications Officer
  • COMNAVAIRES – Commander, Naval Air Force, Reserve
  • COMNAVAIRFOR (also CNAF) – Commander, Naval Air Forces
  • COMNAVAIRLANT (also CNAL) – Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic
  • COMNAVAIRPAC  Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific
  • COMNAVRESFOR – Commander, Navy Reserve Forces
  • COMNAVSEASYSCOM – Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command
  • COMNAVSECGRU – Commander, Naval Security Group
  • COMPACFLT – Commander, Pacific Fleet (formerly CINCPACFLT)
  • COMPATRECONGRU – Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group
  • COMPATRECONWING – Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing
  • COMPTUEX – Composite Training Unit Exercise
  • COMSEC  Communications Security
  • COMSUBFOR  Commander, Submarine Forces
  • COMSUBLANT  Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic
  • COMSUBPAC  Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • COMTACGRU – Commander, Tactical Air Control Group
  • COMTRAWING – Commander, Training Air Wing
  • CORTRAMID – Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen
  • COS (also CoS) – Flag Officer's Chief of Staff
  • CPO – Chief Petty Officer
  • CPOM – Chief Petty Officer's Mess
  • CR – Construction Recruit[1]
  • CRG – Coastal Riverine Group
  • CS – Culinary Specialist[1]
  • CSADD – Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions
  • CSC – Combat Systems Coordinator
  • CSC – Command Senior Chief
  • CSC – Culinary Specialist Chief (E-7)
  • CSEC – Computerized Self Evaluation Checklist
  • CSMC – Combat Systems Maintenance Center
  • CSOOW – Combat Systems Officer of the Watch
  • CSOSS – Combat Systems Operational Sequencing Systems
  • CT – Cryptologic Technician
  • CTA – Cryptologic Technician, Administrative (now-defunct, merged with yeoman)
  • CTI – Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive
  • CTM – Cryptologic Technician, Maintenance
  • CTN – Cryptologic Technician, Networks
  • CTO – Cryptologic Technician, Communications
  • CTR – Cryptologic Technician, Collection
  • CTT – Cryptologic Technician, Technical
  • CV  Aircraft Carrier, class/type of ship
  • CVA – Aircraft Carrier, Attack, class/type of ship
  • CVAN – Aircraft Carrier, Attack, Nuclear, class/type of ship
  • CVN – Aircraft Carrier, Nuclear, class/type of ship[9]
  • CVW  Carrier Air Wing
  • CWO  Chief Warrant Officer

D

• D1-R – 3M periodicity code or a shower (slang for daily, once, or as required)

  • DAPA – Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor
  • DC – Damage Controlman[1]
  • DC – Dental Corps
  • DCA – Damage Control Assistant
  • DCAG – Deputy Air Wing Commander (see CAG)
  • DCC – Damage Control Central
  • DCO – Damage Control Officer (Chief Engineer) or Direct Commission Officer
  • DCPO – Damage Control Petty Officer
  • DD  Destroyer
  • DDG  Guided Missile Destroyer
  • DDR  Radar Picket Destroyer
  • DE  Destroyer Escort
  • DESDIV – Destroyer Division
  • DESRON  Destroyer Squadron
  • DEVGRU  Naval Special Warfare Development Group, formerly (and informally still) SEAL Team SIX
  • DFM – Diesel Fuel Marine (F-76), standard Navy bunker fuel
  • DILLIGAF – Does It Look Like I Give A Flip(uck), standard Navy slang
  • DIRNSA  Director of the National Security Agency
  • DL  Destroyer Leader (outdated)
  • DLG – Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (outdated)
  • DLGN – Nuclear-powered Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (outdated)
  • DM – Destroyer Minelayer (outdated)
  • DM – Illustrator Draftsman
  • DMHRSi – Defense Medical Human Resources System – internet
  • DOD (also DoD) – Department of Defense
  • DoN  Department of the Navy
  • DRB – Discipline Review Board
  • DRRS-N – Defense Readiness Reporting System – Navy
  • DS – Data Systems Technician
  • DSG – Defense Strategic Guidance[2]
  • DVS – Department of Veterans Services, usually administered by each state[10]

E

  • EAOS – End of Active Obligated Service
  • EAWS – Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
  • ECRC – Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center
  • EDMC – Engineering Department Master Chief (Submarines)
  • EDO – Engineering Duty Officer
  • EEBD – Emergency Escape Breathing Device
  • EIDWS  Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist
  • EISM-Electronic Information Security Manager
  • EM – Electrician's Mate[1]
  • EM – Emergency Management
  • EMCON – Emissions Control
  • EMI – Extra Military Instruction
  • EMN – Electrician's Mate, Nuclear Field
  • EMO – Electronics Material Officer
  • EN – Engineman[1]
  • ENS – Ensign
  • EO – Equipment Operator[1]
  • EOD – Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • EOOW – Engineering Officer of the Watch
  • EOS – Enclosed Operating Space
  • EOSS – Engineering Operational Sequencing Systems
  • ERS – Engineroom Supervisor
  • ESWS – Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
  • ET  Electronics Technician[1]
  • ETN – Electronics Technician, Nuclear Field
  • EW  Electronic Warfare
  • EWO – Electronic Warfare Officer
  • EWS – Engineering Watch Supervisor
  • EXW – Expeditionary Warfare

F

  • F/MC – Fleet (or Force) Master Chief
  • FA – Fireman Apprentice[1]
  • FAC  Forward Air Controller
  • FAC – Fast attack craft
  • FAC/A – Forward Air Controller/Airborne
  • FBM – Fleet Ballistic Missile
  • FC – Fire Controlman[1]
  • FCDSSA - Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity
  • FCF – Functional Check Flight
  • FCPCP – Fleet Computer Programming Center of the Pacific
  • FCPOM – First Class Petty Officer's Mess
  • FDO – Flight Deck Officer
  • FF – Frigate, class/type of ship
  • FFG – Frigate, Guided Missile, class/type of ship
  • FIAC – Fast Inshore Attack Craft
  • FICEURLANT – Fleet Intelligence Center Europe & Atlantic
  • FIGMO – F(uck) IT, Got My Orders
  • FIS – Fire Inhibit Switch
  • FLEACT – Fleet Activity
  • FLTMPS – Fleet Training Management and Planning System
  • FMF – Fleet Marine Force
  • FMSS – Field Medical Service School
  • FN – Fireman[1]
  • FNAEB – Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board
  • FNMOC – Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center[11]
  • FOD  Foreign Object Damage (Debris and Detection also used in some cases)
  • FPCON – Force Protection Condition
  • FR – Fireman Recruit[1]
  • FRC – Fleet Readiness Center
  • FRS  Fleet Replacement Squadron (Formerly RAG)
  • FSA – Food Service Attendant
  • FSO – Food Service Officer
  • FT  Fire control technician
  • FTB – Fire Control Technician Ballistic Missile
  • FTM – Fire Control Technician Missiles
  • FTN – Forget the Navy (polite form)
  • FTN – Full-time Navy (humorous form)
  • FTS – Full-time Support (full-time, active-duty personnel in U.S. Navy Reserve)

G

  • GCCS-M – Global Command and Control System-Maritime
  • GM – Gunner's Mate[1]
  • GQ  General Quarters (Call to battle stations)
  • GS – Guided Missileman
  • GSA  General Services Administration
  • GSE- Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Electrical
  • GSM- Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Mechanic

H

  • HA – Hospital Apprentice[1]
  • HAC – Helicopter Aircraft Commander[12]
  • HEDSUPPACTLANT – Headquarters, Support Activity Atlantic
  • HELO – Helicopter
  • HM  Hospital Corpsman[1]
  • HMFIC – Head Mother Fucker In Charge (See SOPA Below)
  • HN  Hospitalman[1]
  • HR – Hospital Recruit[1]
  • HS – Helicopter Squadron, Anti-Submarine Warfare (HS-4 Black Knights)
  • HT – Hull Maintenance Technician[1]

I

  • IAMM – Individual Augmentation Manpower Management
  • IAP – In Assignment Processing
  • IAW – In Accordance With
  • IC – Interior Communications Electrician[1]
  • ICO – In Case Of (or In Care Of / In Concern Of)
  • IHO – Industrial Hygiene Officer
  • IMF – Intermediate Maintenance Facility
  • IMRL – Individual Material Readiness List
  • IOIC - Integrated Operational Intelligence Center
  • IP – Irish Pennant – A loose thread of a Naval or Marine uniform.
  • IRT – In Reference To
  • IT – Information System Technician
  • ITS – Information Technology Submarines

J       JAG Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy

K

L

  • LANTCOM – Atlantic Command
  • LAWS  Laser Weapon System
  • LCAC – Landing Craft, Air Cushion.
  • LCC – Amphibious Command Ship.
  • LCDR – Lieutenant Commander
  • LCPO – Leading Chief Petty Officer
  • LCM – Landing Craft, Mechanized, class/type of boat. Usage: LCM-4, LCM-6, LCM-8
  • LCPL – Landing Craft, Personnel Launch, class/type of boat.
  • LCS – Littoral Combat Ship, class/type of ship.
  • LCVP – Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel, class/type of boat.
  • LDO  Limited Duty Officer
  • LES  Leave and Earnings Statement
  • LHA – Landing, Helicopter, Assault, class/type of ship.
  • LHD – Landing, Helicopter, Dock, class/type of ship.
  • LKA – Landing, Cargo, Attack, class/type of ship.
  • LPD – Landing, Personnel, Dock, class/type of ship.
  • LPA – Landing, Personnel, Attack, class/type of ship.
  • LPH – Landing, Personnel, Helicopter, class/type of ship.
  • LPO  Leading Petty Officer
  • LPOD – Last Plane On Deck
  • LRAD  Long Range Acoustic Device
  • LS  Logistics Specialist
  • LSD – Landing Ship, Dock, class/type of ship.
  • LSO  Landing Signal Officer
  • LST – Landing Ship, Tank, class/type of ship.
  • LT – Lieutenant
  • LTJG – Lieutenant Junior Grade

M

  • MAA (also meMA) – Master-at-Arms
  • MALS – Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron
  • MC  Mass Communication Specialist
  • MCO – Material Control Officer
  • MCPO  Master Chief Petty Officer
  • MCPON  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (pronounced "Mick Pon")
  • MIDN  Midshipman
  • MIDRATS – Midnight Rations
  • MLCPO – Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (Submarine)
  • MM – Machinist's Mate[1]
  • MMCO – Maintenance/Material Control Officer
  • MMCPO – Maintenance Master Chief Petty Officer
  • MMN – Machinist's Mate, Nuclear Field
  • MO – Maintenance Officer (pronounced "Moe")
  • MOA – Memorandum of Agreement
  • MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
  • MPA – Main Propulsion Assistant
  • MPA – Military Patrol Craft (P-3 Orion, etc.)
  • MR – Machinery Repairman
  • MRDB – Material Readiness Database
  • MSG – Message
  • MSW – Main Seawater System
  • MT – Missile Technician
  • MTS – Master Training Specialist
  • MU – Musician

N

O

P

  • PACOM  Pacific Command
  • PAPERCLIP – People Against People Ever Reenlisting Civilian Life Is Preferred
  • PAX – Passengers[15]
  • PCO – Prospective Commanding Officer
  • PCS  Permanent Change of Station[8]
  • PDHA – Post-Deployment Health Assessment
  • PDHRA – Post-Deployment Health Re-Assessment
  • PFA – Physical Fitness Assessment
  • PHA – Physical Health Assessment
  • PHRA – Physical Health Re-Assessment
  • PLD – Permanent Limited Duty[16]
  • PIR – Pass in Review
  • PMCS – Preventative Maintenance Checks & Service(s)
  • PO(3/2/1) – Petty Officer (Third/Second/First Class)
  • POC – Point of Contact
  • POD – Plan of the Day
  • POM – Plan of the Month
  • POOW – Petty Officer of the Watch
  • POTUS – President of the United States
  • POW – Plan of the Week
  • POW – Prisoner of War
  • PRD – Projected Rotation Date
  • PRIFLY – Primary Flight Control (carriers)
  • PRT – Physical Readiness Test
  • PSNS and IMF  Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
  • PT – Physical Training
  • PTS – Perform to Serve
  • PWD – Public Works Department
  • PXO – Prospective Executive Officer

Q

  • QAWTD/QAWTH – Quick Acting Water Tight Door/Quick Acting Water Tight Hatch
  • QM – Quartermaster[1]
  • QMOW – Quartermaster of the Watch

R

S

T

  • TAD  Temporary Additional Duty, equivalent to Army's TDY
  • TADCEN – Training and Distribution Center
  • TAO – Tactical Action Officer (Fights the ship under the supervision of the Captain)
  • TAR – Training and Administration of the Reserve (U.S. Navy Reserve, former designation for FTS personnel)
  • TE – Task Element
  • TF  Task Force
  • TFO – Temporary Flight Orders. Non-aircrew personnel that have passed the minimum requirements to act as part of the aircrew for some purpose, e.g. secondary door gunner.
  • TFOA – Things Falling Off Aircraft[18][NB 1]
  • TG – Task Group
  • TLD – Temporary Limited Duty[17]
  • TM – Torpedoman's Mate[1]
  • TOPGUN  United States Navy Fighter Weapons School
  • TSP – Troubled Systems Process
  • TU – Task Unit
  • TYCOM  Type Commanders

U

V

  • VA/VAM – Fixed Wing Attack/Fixed Wing Medium Attack (no longer used)
  • VAQ – Fixed Wing Electronic-Attack Squadron
  • VAW – Fixed Wing Airborne Early Warning Squadron
  • VBSS  Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure
  • VCNO  Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • VDS – Variable Depth Sonar[2]
  • VERTREP  Vertical Replenishment
  • VF – Fixed Wing Fighter (no longer used)
  • VFA – Fixed Wing Strike Fighter Squadron
  • VLS – Vertical Launching System
  • VP – Fixed Wing Patrol Squadron
  • VRC – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC-30 Providers)
  • VTU – Volunteer Training Unit
  • VX – Air Test & Evaluation Squadron (VX-4 Evaluators)

W

  • WAVES  Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
  • WCS – Workcenter Supervisor
  • WO – Warrant Officer
  • WSO – (Wizzo) – Weapon Systems Officer (Naval Flight Officer) in USMC F/A-18D Hornet and USN F/A-18F Super Hornet)
  • WTC – Watertight Compartment
  • WTD – Watertight Door
  • WTF – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, usually an interrogative phrase, but may also be used in a declarative manner
  • WTH – Water Tight Hatch

X

Y

  • YN – Yeoman[1]

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