NZDF

WWII Navy Service Records

Commonly Used Abbreviations

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  • #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
  • Adm Administration
  • Air Mech Air Mechanic Fleet Air Arm
  • 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
  • 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 Harbor 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 Sto 2 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
Fairmile and Convoy leaving Korokina Bay, Bougainville l Artist: Russell Clark Date: 1944 Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 39]

Fairmile and Convoy leaving Korokina Bay, Bougainville l [Detail]
Artist: Russell Clark
Date: 1944
Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 39]

This page was last reviewed on 18 September 2009, and is current.