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NZDF Archives

Second World War Navy Service Records

Commonly Used Abbreviations





#21 MTB Flot

(Or other No.)

21st MTB Flotilla

#2EG (or other No.)

2nd Escort Group

#7CS (or other No.)

7th Cruiser Squadron

A or (A)

Acting

(A)

Air = a person borne for aviation duties

A/c, A/C or AC

Aircraft carrier or aircraft

A/S

Anti Submarine

AB

Able Seaman

AC

Air Craftsmen

Air Mech

Air Mechanic Fleet Air Arm

Adm

Administration

AMC

Armed Merchant Cruiser

ANR

Above Named Rating

AOR

At Own Request

APO

Acting Petty Officer

Apptd

Appointed

APR

Awaiting Passage Return

Attd

Attached

Aux

Auxiliary

AWOL

Absent Without Leave

BAA

British Assault Area

BC

Battle Casualty

BCTF

British Carrier Task Force

BHF

British Home Fleet

BMS

British Merchant Service

BNS

Below Naval Physical Standard

Boy 1

Boy First Class

BPF

British Pacific Fleet

BSN

Boatswain

CAM

Catapult Aircraft Merchantman

CAPT

Captain

CC

Channel Convoys

Cdr

Commander

CERBERUS

Shore Establishment, Melbourne, Australia

CF

Coastal Forces

CH or Chap

Chaplain

CHATHAM

Naval Base, Dockyard and Barracks, Kent

CMS

Controlled Mine Station

COLOMBO

Shore Establishment, Devonport, UK

COOK

Shore Establishment Shelly Bay Wellington

COOK II

Shore Establishment Tulagi then Espiritu Santo

CPO

Chief Petty Officer

CPOAir

Chief Petty Officer Aircrew Fleet Air Arm

CPOYS

Chief Petty Officer Yeoman Signals

CPOWTR

Chief Petty Officer Writer

CPOSTD

Chief Petty Officer Steward

CS

Continuous Service (see SS and HO)

Cse

Course

Ctba

Ceases to be attached

D

Discharged

DAEDALUS

FAA Training Establishment Lee on Solent, UK

DD

Discharged Dead

DDS

Destroyer Depot Ship

DEMS

Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships

DF

Destroyer Flotilla

DRAKE

Shore Establishment, Devonport, UK

DTBA

Date to be advised

DTBR

Date to be Reported

E/D pay

Extra Duties Pay

EAGLET

Shore Establishment, Liverpool, UK

EIS

East Indies Station

ERA

Engine Room Artificer

FAA

Fleet Air Arm

FAP

First Aid Post

FSC

Fairmile Sub-chaser

FERRET

Shore Establishment Londonderry Northern Ireland

FSL

Foreign Service Leave

FT

Fleet Train

GANNET

Shore Establishment Londonderry Northern Ireland

GOLDEN HIND

Shore Establishment, Sydney, Australia

HDML

Harbour Defence Motor Launch

HMNZS

His Majesty’s New Zealand Ship

HMS

His Majesty’s Ship

HO

Hostilities Only

(See SS and CS)



JAMES COOK

Shore Establishment, Glen Galagh, Scotland

KAHU

Shore Establishment, Russell Islands

KING ALFRED

Shore Establishment, Hove, UK

L

Leading Seaman

L/Air

Leading Airman Fleet Air Arm

L/Ck

Leading Cook

L/Sig

Leading Signalman

L/Stwd

Leading Steward

L/Tel

Leading Telegraphist

LAC

Leading Air Craftsman

LANKA

Shore Establishment, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

LCI

Landing Craft Infantry

LCT

Landing Craft Tank

Lt

Lieutenant

Lt Cdr

Lieutenant Commander

LW(O)P

Leave With/Without Pay

LWREN

Leading Hand Women’s Naval Service

M/S

Minesweeper

M/U

Medically Unfit

MAA

Master at Arms

Mech 1,2,3

Mechanician First, Second or Third Class

MF

Mediterranean Fleet

MID

Mention in Dispatches

ML

Motor Launch

MLF

Motor Launch Flotilla

NAP

Naval Auxiliary Patrol

NAPS

Naval Auxiliary Patrol Service

NCBL

Naval Control Boarding Launch

NES

Naval Electrical School Petone

(Cover name for Anti-Submarine training school)



NIGHT JAR

RNAS, Scotland

NIGHTHAWK

RNAS, Scotland

NMS

Naval Minesweeping Base (Wellington)

NOCA

Naval Officer Commanding, Auckland

NOCD

Naval Officer Commanding Dunedin

NOCL

Naval Officer Commanding Lyttleton

NOCW

Naval Officer Commanding, Wellington

NTD

Naval Torpedo Depot (Wellington)

NZD

New Zealand Division

NZNB

New Zealand Naval Board

OPL

Outer Patrol Launch

Ord

Ordinary Seaman

P/U

Permanently Unfit

PEMBROKE

Shore Establishment Chatham

PHILOMEL

Depot Ship later Shore Establishment Auckland

PO

Petty Officer

PO (A)

Petty Officer serving in Fleet Air Arm as pilot or aircrew

POSM

Petty Officer Stoker Mechanician

POW

Prisoner of War

POYS

Petty Officer Yeoman Signals

PUNS

Physically Unfit for Naval Service

PWSS

Port War Signal Station

Qual

Qualified (for)

RAN

Royal Australian Navy

RFR

Royal Fleet Reserve

RN

Royal Navy

RNAS

Royal Naval Air Station

RNB

Royal Naval Barracks

RNR

Royal Naval Reserve

RNVR

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

RNVR (NZ)

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (NZ)

RNZNVR

Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

RSF

Red Sea Force

Run

Deserted

RUSHCUTTER

Shore Establishment Sydney Australia

S/Ms

Submarines

SA

Stores Assistant/Accountant

SBA

Sick Berth Attendant

SCS

Seventh Cruiser Squadron

SE

Shore Establishment

SEG

Second Escort Group

SGN

Surgeon

SLt

Sub-Lieutenant

SML

Survey Motor Launch

SNLR

Services No Longer Required

SOS

Struck Off Strength

SS

Short Service (see CS and HO)

ST VINCENT

Shore Establishment Gosport UK

STE

Shore Training Establishment

Sto

Stoker

Sto1 or Sto2

Stoker First or Second Class

Stwd

Steward

TAMAKI

Shore Establishment Motuihe Island Auckland

TOS

Taken on Strength

Ty

Temporary

U/T

Under Training

VICTORY

Shore Establishment Portsmouth UK

W/T

Wireless Telegraphy = Radio

Wef

With Effect From

WO

Warrant Officer

WOAS

While on Active Service

WRENS

Women’s Royal Emergency Naval Service

WRNZNS

Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service

WTR

Writer




WW2 Navy commonly used abbreviations


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