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This is a typing short cut for linking to Imperial German Navy or Austro-Hungarian Navy ship articles named in the format "SMS Germania (1899)". Since Ship names are italicized in article text, linking to them in the usual manner means typing everything twice, such as [[SMS Germania (1899)|SMS ''Germania'' (1899)]]. This template halves that to {{SMS|Germania|1899}}.

Formal Usage

  • {{SMS|Ship Name}}
  • {{SMS|Ship Name|ID}}, where ID can be the hull number, launch year, or pennant number, as specified in the article title.


Template usage Equivalent wikicode Final result
{{SMS|Novara|1912}} [[SMS Novara (1912)|SMS ''Novara'' (1912)]] SMS Novara (1912)
{{SMS|Sankt Georg}} [[SMS Sankt Georg|SMS ''Sankt Georg'']] SMS Sankt Georg

Last example could be used to link to a ship index (disambiguation) page

Optional display control parameter

There is an optional third parameter that controls which pieces of text are displayed in the article. Its value is treated as a binary number and will display the corresponding "bits". So setting the 4's bit will display SMS, setting the 2's bit will display the ship name, and setting the 1's bit will display the ID. If binary math isn't your thing, refer to these examples:

Value Parameter(s)
Example Equivalent wikicode Final result
None all {{SMS|Novara|1912}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |SMS ''Novara'' (1912)]] SMS Novara (1912)
1 3rd {{SMS|Novara|1912|1}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |1912]] 1912
2 2nd {{SMS|Novara|1912|2}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |''Novara'']] Novara
3 2nd, 3rd {{SMS|Novara|1912|3}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |''Novara'' (1912)]] Novara (1912)
4 invalid result {{SMS|Novara|1912|4}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |Invalid Optional Parameter]] SMS Novara (1912)
5 1st, 3rd {{SMS|Novara|1912|5}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |SMS (1912)]] SMS 1912
6 1st, 2nd {{SMS|Novara|1912|6}} [[SMS Novara (1912) |SMS ''Novara'']] SMS Novara
(no 3rd)
{{SMS|Sankt Georg|3=2}}
Alternate usage: {{SMS|Sankt Georg||2}}
[[SMS Sankt Georg |''Sankt Georg'']] Sankt Georg

N.B.: Be careful with the third parameter if not using the second parameter. In the Sankt Georg example above, the "|3=2" means set the third parameter to a value of two, while the alternate syntax shows using a pair of pipes, "||2", to position the value two in the third parameter position.

Using an optional display control parameter value of 6 yields the same results as using {{warship}} to create the same link and text, but saving, coincidentally, 6 characters while editing.

 {{SMS|Novara|1912|6}} yields the same results as {{warship|SMS|Novara|1912}}

Optional submarine prefix parameter

Submarines or U-boats in the German Imperial Navy and the Austro-Hungarian Navy were prefixed with SM rather than SMS. Using an optional sub parameter allows the proper link generation for U-boat articles. The sub parameter also works in conjunction with the optional display parameters listed above.

Template usage Equivalent wikicode Final result
{{SMS|U-90|sub=y}} [[SM U-90|SM ''U-90'']] SM U-90
{{SMS|U-4|Austria-Hungary|sub=y}} [[SM U-4 (Austria-Hungary)|SM ''U-4'' (Austria-Hungary)]] SM U-4 (Austria-Hungary)
{{SMS|U-4|Austria-Hungary|6|sub=y}} [[SM U-4 (Austria-Hungary)|SM ''U-4'']] SM U-4

TemplataData section

This is a typing short cut for linking to Imperial German Navy or Austro-Hungarian Navy (SMS) ship articles named in the format 'SMS Germania (1899)' (that is, the initial letters HMS, the ship's name, and its pennant number). Since ship names are italicized in article text and editors often don't want to include the pennant number, linking to them in the usual manner means typing everything twice, such as [[SMS Germania (1899)|SMS ''Germania'']]. This template halves that to {{SMS|Germania|1899|6}}. Note that this template cannot be used for ships which were not part of the SMS.

Template parameters

Ship Name1

This parameter gives the name of this ship.


This parameter gives the ship's hull number, pennant number, year of construction, or any other identifying information that will allow the ship to be distinguished from other ships of the same name.


This is an optional parameter which sets out in bits the way the editor would like to display the name of the ship within an article. If it is set to 1, the ship will be displayed only by its ID number (that is, but the entry given in parameter 2) without the prefix SMS and without the ship's name; if given as 2, it will give just the ship's name, in italics, without the SMS prefix nor the ID number; if given as 3, it will give the ship's name and its ID number, but not the SMS prefix; 4 is not a valid entry; if given as 5, it will give the SMS prefix and the ID number, but will drop the ship's name; if given as 6, it will give the prefix SMS and the ship's name but will drop the ID number. If left blank, the ship will be displayed as SMS plus the ship's name plus its ID number.

Auto value

See also

WP:SHIPS class and prefix shortcut templates
type group template ref article example
Ship class
class after member ship {{sclass-}} article hyphenated Valiant-class harbor tug
class after theme {{sclass2-}} article hyphenated Flower-class corvette
Ship prefix
General prefixes (civil, propulsion, utility)
prefix generic {{ship}} any prefix, no prefix
prefix civil {{GTS}} Gas Turbine Ship article GTS Infinity (2001)
prefix civil {{HSC}} High Speed Craft article HSC Tarifa Jet (1997)
prefix civil
Motor ship article
prefix civil
Merchant vessel ("Motor vessel") article
prefix civil
Motor yacht article
prefix civil {{PS}} Paddle steamer article PS Commonwealth (1854)
prefix civil
Research vessel article
prefix civil
Steam Ship article
prefix civil
Sailing vessel article
prefix civil
Sailing vessel article
prefix civil {{TSS}} Twin-screw steamer article TSS Princess Maud (1934)
Commonwealth ship prefixes
prefix UK {{HMS}} Royal Navy ships HMS Illustrious (R06)
prefix UK {{HMT}} Royal Navy trawlers HMT Elk (1902)
prefix UK {{RMS}} Royal Mail Ships RMS Adriatic (1907)
prefix UK {{RFAux}} Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships RFA Fort Austin (A386) (do not use {{RFA}})
prefix Australia {{HMAS}} Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Bataan (I91)
prefix Australia {{HMQS}} Queensland Maritime Defence Force ships HMQS Gayundah
prefix Australia {{HMVS}} Victorian Naval Forces ships HMVS Victoria (1855)
prefix Bahamas {{HMBS}} Royal Bahamas Defence Force ships HMBS Nassau (P-61)
prefix Bangladesh {{BNS}} Bangladesh Navy ships BNS Surma (2013)
prefix Canada {{HMCS}} Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)
prefix India {{INS}} Indian Navy ships INS Vikrant (R11)
prefix New Zealand {{HMNZS}} Royal New Zealand Navy ships HMNZS Endeavour (A11)
prefix South Africa {{SAS}} South African Navy ships SAS Mendi (F148)
United States ship prefixes
prefix US {{USAT}} United States Army Transport ships USAT Havana (1917)
prefix US {{USCGC}} United States Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Healy (WAGB-20)
prefix US {{USNS}} United States Naval Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)
prefix US {{USRC}} United States Revenue Cutter Service USRC Harriet Lane (1857)
prefix US {{USS}} United States Navy ship USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
prefix US {{USAV}} United States Army Vessel USAV Spearhead (TSV-X1)
Other navies' ship prefixes
prefix Algeria {{ANS}} Algerian National Navy ships ANS Kalaat Béni Abbès (474)
prefix Denmark {{HDMS}} Royal Danish Navy ships HDMS Lougen (1791)
prefix Egypt {{ENS}} Egyptian Navy ships ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
prefix Finland {{FNS}} Finnish Navy ships FNS Turunmaa (1918)
prefix Greece {{HS}} Hellenic Navy ships HS Georgios Averof (1910)
prefix Germany {{SMS}} Imperial German Navy and Austro-Hungarian Navy ships SMS Novara (1912)
prefix Germany {{SMU}} Imperial German Navy and Austro-Hungarian Navy U-boats SM U-28 (Germany)
prefix Germany {{GS}} German World War II and later U-boats German submarine U-39 (1938)
prefix Indonesia {{KRI}} Indonesian Navy ships KRI Fatahillah (361)
prefix Ireland {{}} Irish Navy ships LÉ Emer (P21)
prefix Japan {{Jsub}} Imperial Japanese Navy submarines Japanese submarine I-15
prefix Japan {{JDS}} older Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JDS Wakaba (DE-261)
prefix Japan {{JS}} newer Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JDS Ashigara (DDG-178)
prefix Netherlands {{HNLMS}} Royal Netherlands Navy ships HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (C802)
prefix Nigeria {{NNS}} Nigerian Navy ships NNS Aradu (F89)
prefix Norway {{HNoMS}} Royal Norwegian Navy ships HNoMS Svenner (G03)
prefix Peru {{BAP}} Peruvian Navy ships BAP Montero (FM-53)
prefix Philippines {{RPS}} older Philippine Navy ships RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66)
prefix Philippines {{BRP}} newer Philippine Navy ships BRP Rajah Soliman (D-66)
prefix Poland {{ORP}} Polish Navy ships ORP Orzeł (1938)
prefix South Korea {{ROKS}} Republic of Korea Navy ships ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
prefix Singapore {{RSS}} Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Formidable (68)
prefix Sweden {{HSwMS}} Swedish Navy ships HSwMS Sjölejonet (1936)
prefix Thailand {{HTMS}} Royal Thai Navy ships HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CV 911)
prefix Turkey {{TCG}} Turkish Naval Forces ships TCG Gediz (F 495)