US Navy Ships

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Categories of U.S. Navy Ships

Question Answer
Surface CombatantLarge, heavily armed, surface ships that are designed primarily to engage enemy forces on the high seas.
Mine WarfareAll ships whose primary function is mine warfare on the high seas.
AmphibiousAll ships having organic capability for amphibious assault and characteristics enabling long duration operations on the high seas.
SubmarineAll self-propelled submersible types regardless of whether employed as combatant, auxiliary, or research and development vehicles that have at least a residual combat capability.
Auxiliary/SupportA grouping of ships designed to operate in the open ocean in a variety of sea states to provide general support to either combatant forces or shore based establishments. (Includes smaller auxiliaries which by the nature of their duties, leave inshore waters).

Surface Combatant Ships

Question Answer
Aircraft Carriers - Carry, launch and retrieve aircraft at sea.
Cruisers - Protect battle groups from surface and air attacks. Conduct land attacks
Destroyers - Detect and engage enemy submarines, aircraft and surface ships. Conduct land attacks. Perform patrol, search and rescue operations.
Littoral Combat Ships/Fast Frigates - Escort other ships to protect them from submarines. Perform costal patrols.
Mine Countermeasures ships - Find and destroy moored and bottom mines.
Landing Helicopter Assault - Transport and land marine personnel using helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicle.
Landing Helicopter Dock - Transport and land marine personnel and their Equipment using helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles. Perform antisubmarine warfare using helicopters.
Landing Platform Dock - Transport and land equipment using helicopter and landing craft.
Dock Landing Ship - Transport and land troops, cargo, amphibious vehicles and landing craft including landing craft air cushion (LCAC).


Question Answer
Attack Submarines - Locate and destroy enemy ships and submarines. Conduct land attacks
Ballistic missile submarines - Launch ballistic missiles for attacks on enemy land targets
Guided missile submarines - Locate and destroy enemy ships and submarines. Launch guided missiles for attacks on enemy land targets.

Auxiliary Ships and Military Sealift (US Naval Ships (USNS))

Question Answer
Submarine tenders - Service submarines.
Fast combat support ships - Carry fuel, ammunition and supplies
Salvage Ships - Assist ships in distress and salvage sunken vessels by towing vessels, performing manned diving operations.

Ship Designators

Question Answer
CVAircraft Carrier
LCSLittoral Combat Ships
FFFast Frigates
MCMMine Countermeasures Ship
LHALanding Helicopter Assault or General-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship
LHDLanding Helicopter Dock or Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship
LPDLanding Platform Dock
LSDDock Landing Ship
SSAttack Submarine
SSBBallistic missile submarine
GGuided missile
NNuclear powered