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Template {{Ship}} creates a wikilink to its article and formats the visible name correctly. That is, it handles both parts of [[targetpage|label]]. Now it is up to the editor (you) to get this right: a bluelink to the article, and well-formatted ship's full name.

The ship's article may be titled: [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)]]HMCS Kootenay (H75). The three parts are called: prefix, name, ID (ID is WP:Disambiguation, or hull number, pennant number, launch year: to identify the ship when multiple ships have the sae name).

Apart from the article title, in the visible label the name could be formatted. Like: [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''Kootenay'']]HMCS Kootenay (note the italics, and the omission of the hull number – linked to the same article).

Basic usage

{{ship|1-prefix|2-name|3-ID}} → [[1-prefix 2-name (3-ID)|1-prefix ''2-name'' (3-ID)]]1-prefix 2-name (3-ID)
1 prefix
like HMS, USS
2 name
ship's name
3 ID
Specifier like hull number, pennant number, or launch year. Also serves as the WP:Disambiguation term in article titles.

All parameters are optional. You only need to enter the parts that build the article title.

Template usage Resulting wikicode Link showing
{{ship|ARA|General Belgrano}} [[ARA General Belgrano|ARA ''General Belgrano'']] ARA General Belgrano
{{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''Kootenay'' (H75)]] HMCS Kootenay (H75)

Format options parameter

A fourth, unnamed parameter |4= allows setting which pieces of text are displayed in the wikilink. It sets the label in the link: [[targetpage|label]]

For example, the ship's article is entered as {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75}}, by default showing as HMCS Kootenay (H75).

But in your article, the hull number (disambiguator) may not be needed to show. In that case, add |4=2, and the result is:

{{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|2}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|''Kootenay'']] Kootenay

The options are:

Value Parameter(s)
Example Equivalent wikicode Final result
None prefix, name, ID {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''Kootenay'' (H75)]] HMCS Kootenay (H75)
1 ID {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|1}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|H75]] H75
2 name {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|2}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|''Kootenay'']] Kootenay
3 name, ID {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|3}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|''Kootenay'' (H75)]] Kootenay (H75)
4 same as default {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|4}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''Kootenay'' (H75)]] HMCS Kootenay (H75)
5 prefix, ID {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|5}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''H75'']] HMCS H75
6 prefix, name {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|6}} [[HMCS Kootenay (H75)|HMCS ''Kootenay'']] HMCS Kootenay

Same format, no wikilink

By setting |wl=no, the same formatting is made but the ship's name is not linked:

HMCS Kootenay (H75) (regular, {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|4}})
HMCS Kootenay (H75) (no wikilink, setting {{ship|HMCS|Kootenay|H75|4|wl=no}})

Prefix in/out option

Parameter |up=yes (for unlinked prefix) can be used to have an unlinked prefix:. When set to "yes", the template will display the prefix before (outside of) the wikilink.

  • {{ship|Japanese battleship|Yamato|up=yes}} → Japanese battleship Yamato

Using a format option:

  • {{ship|Japanese battleship|Yamato||2|up=yes}} → Japanese battleship Yamato

Tracking categories

Template data

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TemplateData for Ship

This template provides a wikilink to a ship's page, with label options

Template parameters


Fleet identifier

HMS, Japanese battleship

Ship's name

Bismarck, Belgrano

Hull number, launch year, or pennanr number

H75, 1975,

Formats label (parts showing)

1, 2, 3, 5, 6
unlink prefixup

yes=puts Fleet ID outside of Wikilink


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
Motor vessel article
prefix civil
Motor yacht article
prefix civil {{PS}} Paddle steamer article PS Commonwealth (1854)
prefix civil
Research vessel article
prefix civil {{SB}} Sailing barge article SB Cambria
prefix civil
Steamship 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 Portugal {{NRP}} Portuguese Navy ships NRP Sagres (1937)
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)