United States Naval Ships are usually auxiliary support vessels owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Military Sealift Command. United States Naval Ships are usually crewed by civilians rather than U.S. Navy personnel. In comparison, U.S. Navy ships commissioned into service have the designation USS and are crewed by U.S. Navy personnel; commissioned and held in property by the United States Government.
- ↑ "Joint Publication 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms". Defense Technical Information Center. 8 November 2010. http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- ↑ "DOD Dictionary : United States Naval Ship". Defense Technical Information Center. 2012. http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/dod_dictionary/data/u/395.html. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- ↑ "USN Ship Naming". Naval History & Heritage Command. 29 September 1997. http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq63-1.htm. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
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