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  1. Myself and an Ex Chief of 22 years were having a chat today on the way home from work and we swopped a few dits but then he threw me a question which we dont know the answer to.

    F stands for Frigate, D for Destroyer etc etc but what does the R on a Carrier stand for ???
  2. I think it's something to do with the initials already being 'used up' for want of a better word. 'A' is, I believe, Auxiliary so therefore could not be used for carriers, but how it's got as far as R I do not know.

    No doubt a history boffin will turn up - though if he or she does I'd still like an answer to my question about the naming of ships during the Commonwealth!
  3. I'm no history boffin but I agree with your answer. In fact, as soon a I read the quesiton I was ready to post the answer, but you beat me to it.

    :money: :w00t:
  4. Could the letter R on carrier codes be a throwback from airship days?, eg. R101 etc, I do believe the R on airships denoted "rigid" but then a carrier is pretty rigid, even more so than an airship.
  5. My two bobs worth

    I reckon it was R from carrieR as they couldnt use C as it was for Crusier....
  6. R stands for Runway. Got that from the harbour tour at Portsmouth a few years Back.

  7. How come the new Ark changed her pennant number from RO9 to RO7 ??? :thumright:
  8. Cos they are different ships Opportune changed from G80 to S20. No doubt many others out there no doubt.

  9. According to a WAFU apparently it is due to the fact that; "A" was already taken for Auxiliaries, "I" could be confused with "1", whilst "R" was not taken and fairly clear.
  10. I served on MTB's and the no. began with a P! never could figure that out unless it was for Patrol.
  11. Reconacence. That what i was told a few years back. I was talking to the Snr E the other night and i mentioned above. He never battered an eye lid, so i take it it maybe right. Then again i was on flat tops for over ten years.
  12. crickey not the dreaded Droxford :rambo: :rambo: ST Vincent sea training boat !!!! was it P1127 ??? :pukel: :thumright:
  13. Closest to what I was told years ago...


  14. Not likely it was: P1012 HMS Brave Swordsman and what a ride she was! fastest warship in the world at that time.
    Still don't know why it wasn't MGB1012 though.
  15. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    I seem to remember from above 40 years ago (perhaps while swanning round Norway and the North Atlantic in STANAVFORLANT) a NATO publication listing all the pendant numbers of NATO warships. This could imply some post-war rationalisation of the index letters.

    Incidentally Triumph retained her R number as Cadet Training Carrier but lost it for an A when she became a Heavy Repair Ship.

    Served C57, D57, C20, M1130, M1123, D16, F15 and others I can't remember the numbers of as I haven't any photos, including two weeks in a naval-manned tug which was A something.

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