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The U.S. Navy, like any bureaucratic organization, produces its own acronyms, which often come to have meaning beyond their bare expansions.

Official acronyms

For a comprehensive list of unit organizations in the US Navy, see List of units of the United States Navy.

  • 3M - Maintenance and Material Management (3M System)


  • 3MC - Maintenance Material Management Coordinator


  • AAW - Anti-Air Warfare


  • AFFF - Aqueous Film-Forming Foam


  • AIMD - Aircraft Intermiediate Maintenance Department


  • AUTEC - Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center


  • ASAU - Air Search and Attack Unit


  • ASUW - Anti-SUrface Warfare


  • ASW - Anti-Submarine Warfare


  • ASWO - Anti-Submarine Warfare Officers


  • AUXO - Auxiliaries Officer


  • AWOL - Absent Without Official Leave [1]


  • BB - Battleship


  • BMOW - Boatswain's Mate Of the Watch


  • BUMED - Bureau of MEDicine and Surgery


  • BUPERS - Bureau of Naval Personnel


  • CAG - Carrier Air Group (outdated, see CVW) (CAG is still used as a nickname for the Air Wing Commander, and DCAG for his/her Deputy Commander.)


  • CAP - Combat Air Patrol


  • CICO - Combat Information Center Officer


  • CARBATGRU - CARrier BATtle GRoUp (see CVBG)


  • CB - Construction Battalion (pronounced Seabees)


  • C4I - Command Control Communications Computers & Intelligence


  • CG - Guided Missile Cruiser


  • CGN - Guided Missile Cruiser Nuclear Power


  • CHENG - CHief ENGineer (pronounced "Chang")


  • CIC - Combat Information Center


  • CICO - Combat Information Center Officer (pronounced "Sikko")


  • CINCLANTFLT - Commander-In-Chief, us atLANTic FLeeT (see COMLANTFLT)


  • CINCPACFLT - Commander-In-Chief, us PACific FLeeT (see COMPACFLT)


  • CINCUSNAVEUR - Commander-In-Chief, US NAVal forces EURope


  • CIWS - Close-In Weapons System (pronounced sea-whiz)


  • CM/C - Command Master Chief


  • CNET - Chief of Naval Education and Training


  • CNO - Chief of Naval Operations


  • CO - Commanding Officer[2]


  • COB - Chief Of the Boat (traditionally found only on submarines)


  • COMLANTFLT - COMmander, u.s. atLANTic FLeeT (see CINCLANTFLT)


  • COMEX - Commence Exercise


  • CommO - COMMunications Officer


  • COMNAVAIRLANT - COMmander, NAVal AIR forces, atLANTic


  • COMNAVAIRPAC - COMmander, NAVal AIR forces, PACific


  • COMNAVSEASYSCOM - COMmander, NAValy SEA SYStems COMmand


  • COMNAVSECGRU - COMmander, NAVal SECurity GRoUp


  • COMPACFLT - COMmander, PACific FLeeT (formerly CINCPACFLT)


  • COMPTUEX - COMPosite Training Unit EXercise


  • COMSEC - COMmunications SECurity


  • COMSUBLANT - COMmander, SUBmarine force AtLANTtic


  • COMSUBPAC - COMmander, SUBmarine force PAcific


  • CPO - Chief Petty Officer


  • CQ - Carrier Qualification


  • CV - Carrier Vessel


  • CVN - Carrier Vessel Nuclear Power


  • DD - Destroyer


  • DDG - Guided Missile Destroyer


  • CRUDESRON - CRUiser DEStroyer squadRON


  • CVBG - Carrier Battle Group (V comes from ship designation CV/CVN)


  • CVW - Carrier air Wing (V from carrier's CV designation)


  • DAPA - Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor


  • DCA - Damage Control Assistant


  • DCAG - Deputy Air Wing Commander (see CAG)


  • DCC - Damage Control Central


  • DESRON - DEStroyer squadRON


  • DOD - Department Of Defense


  • DON - Department Of the Navy


  • EAOS - End of Active Obligated Service


  • ECMO - Electronic CounterMeasures Operators


  • FAC - Forward Air Controller


  • FAC/A - Forward Air Controller/Airborne


  • FDO - Flight Deck Officer


  • F/MC - Fleet (or Force) Master Chief


  • FOD - Foreign Object Damage (Debris and Detection also used in some cases)


  • FRS - Fleet Replacement Squadron (Formerly RAG)


  • JAG - Judge Advocate General


  • JBD - Jet Blast Deflector (carriers)


  • JTF - Joint Task Force


  • JTFEX - Joint Task Force EXercise


  • LES - Leave and Earnings Statement


  • LPO - Leading Petty Officer


  • LSO - Landing Signal Officer


  • MCPO - Master Chief Petty Officer


  • MCPON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy


  • MPA - Main Propulsion Assistant


  • MO - Maintenance Officer (pronounced "Moe")


  • NFO - Naval Flight Officer


  • NAVAIR - NAVal AIR systems command


  • NAWCAD - Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division


  • NAVCOMP - COMPtroller of the NAVy


  • NAVEDTRA - chief of NAVy EDucation and TRAining


  • NAVMAT - NAVal MATerial command


  • NAVMILPERSCOM - NAVy MILitary PERSonnel COMmand


  • NAVSUP - NAVal SUPply systems command


  • NAVTRA - chief of NAVal TRAining


  • NAWCWD - Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division


  • NCDU - Navy Combat Demolition Unit


  • NeL - Navy eLearning


  • NEX - Navy EXchange


  • NKO - Navy Knowledge Only


  • NMCI - Navy & Marine Corps Intranet


  • NROTC - Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps


  • NJROTC - Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps


  • NSAWC - Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center


  • NSGA - Naval Security Group Activity


  • NSWG - Naval Special Warfare Group


  • OCS - Officer Candidate School


  • OOD - Officer Of the Deck


  • OPSO - OPerationS Officer


  • OPNAV - office of the chief of NAVal OPerations


  • POD - Plan Of the Day


  • RAG - Replacement Air Group (now known as FRS)


  • RIO - Radar Intercept Officer


  • RL - Restricted Line (Officer)


  • RT - RadioTelephone (voice radio)


  • RTC - Recruit Training Command


  • SAG - Surface Action Group


  • SAM - Surface-to-Air Missile [3]


  • SAU - Search and Attack Unit


  • SEAL - SEa Air Land


  • SECDEF - SECretary of DEFense


  • SECNAV - SECretary of the NAVy


  • SCBA - Self Contained Breathing Apparatus


  • SCPO - Senior Chief Petty Officer


  • SICLOS - Shift Inspect Clean Lube Oil Strainers


  • SOPA -Senior Officer Present Afloat


  • SOP(A) - Senior Officer Present (Ashore)


  • SPAWAR - Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command


  • STREAM - Standard Tension REplenishment Alongside Method


  • SSTG - Ships Service Turbo Generator


  • SUBRON - SUBmarine squadRON


  • SWO - Surface Warfare Officer


  • TE - Task Element


  • TF - Task Force


  • TG - Task Group


  • TU - Task Unit


  • UA - Unauthorized Absence/unauthorized


  • UAS - Unmanned Aerial System (replaced UAV)


  • UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


  • UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice


  • UDT - Underwater Demolition Team


  • UNREP - Underway replenishment


  • USMC - United States Marine Corps (organized under the DON)


  • USN - United States Navy


  • UDT - Underwater Demolition Team (see SEAL)


  • URL - UnRestricted line (Officer)


  • USNA - United States Naval Academy


  • UWT - UnderWater Telephone


  • VERTREP - Vertical Replenishment


  • VCNO - Vice Chief of Naval Operations


  • WSO - (Wizzo) Weapon system Operator


  • XO - eXecutive Officer

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ not confined to USN use
  2. ^ not confined to USN use
  3. ^ not confined to USN use




Published - September 2008


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