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R for Aircraft carriers[edit]

What is the logic behind R for aircraft carriers? The other seems logically like Frigate, Patrol, Minesweeper, Auxiliary and so on. Necessary Evil 16:36, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

My completely unsourced guess is that you may have just answered your own question (with A being taken by Auxiliary). I'd love to see a real answer, though - and it points out that this article is completely unreferenced, thus I will tag it as such. Maralia 16:57, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
I don't have the foggiest idea, but how about R for Runway? -- 19:35, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
According to the RN Museum it's completely random - it's not the only category which isn't "logical", albeit much the most high-profile. As has been said, both A and C were already taken. Other theories I've seen are that "aircraft carrier" has 5 "R"'s, and that if you couldn't use "A" as the auxiliaries had taken that, and you couldn't use "I" for the confusion with "1", then "R" was the next available letter of "aircraft carrier". But these smack of folk etymologies - I'd take the RN Museum's word for it. (talk) 03:08, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the information --Regards, Necessary Evil (talk) 16:06, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Tag & Assess 2008[edit]

Article reassessed and graded as start class. --dashiellx (talk) 20:24, 27 June 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:31, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Identifying an individual ship[edit]

I recently saw a very brief shot in a video of a ship bearing the number 'U' 56 or 58 (it wasn't that clear). I came to this article hoping to discover the ship's identity. Finding out the 'U' was pretty straight forward (it was a sloop in WW II), but I was flummoxed by the number.
Is this the right place to be or am I off the trail? Is a list of individual vessels required or would it be impractical?

RASAM (talk) 12:15, 13 April 2016 (UTC)