|Many acronyms and abbreviations are used by the military. Here are some of those used within these pages.
AFETR Air Force Eastern Test Range
Bootcamp Primary Military Training for a new recruit.
CA Heavy gun cruiser
CIC Combat Information Center
CONUS Continental United States
CV Aircraft Carrier
CVA An attack aircraft carrier
CVS A strike aircraft carrier
CWO Chief Warrant Officer, the lowest commissioned officer grade.
DASO Demonstration and Shakedown Operation
DDR Destroyer configured as a Radar Picket vessel.
ECM Electronic Countermeasures
EDE A destroyer escort designated for experimental use.
FBM Fleet Ballistic Missile
FT1 Fire Control Technician First Class, indicating the rate of Fire Control Technician and the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
HMS Her Majestys Ship, denoting a ship in the Royal British Navy.
IFF Identification, Friend or Foe
JSDF Japanese Self Defense Force
LMSC Lockheed Missile and Space Company
NAVRECSTA Naval Receiving Station
NNMC National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
NOB Naval Operating Base
NOTU Naval Ordnance Test Unit
NSY Naval Shipyard
OT/FOT Operational Test/Follow On Test
OTSU Operational Test Support Unit
PAFB Patrick Air Force Base
PF Patrol Frigate
RDSN Radarman Seaman, rate & rank.
(SS) Designated as qualified in submarines: As in FT1(SS).
SSBN Submarine, Nuclear powered configured with Ballistic Missiles
TAD Temporary Additional Duty
TDS Target Designation System
U.S.S. or USS United States Ship
USNGMS or GMS United States Navy Guided Missile School that was co-located with FAAWTC [Fleet Anti-Aircraft Warfare Training Center] at Dam Neck, Virginia (near Virginia Beach).
USNRSS United States Navy Recruiting Sub-Station.
USNH United States Naval Hospital
USNS United States Naval Ship
USNTC United States Navy Training Center
WESTPAC Western Pacific
WO1 Rank of Warrant Officer, an NCO (non-commissioned officer) between the senior enlisted and junior commissioned officer grades.
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