List of auxiliaries of the United States Navy

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This is a list of auxiliaries of the United States Navy. It covers the various types of ships that support the frontline combat vessels of the United States Navy.

See also:


Crane Ships (AB)

Colliers (AC)

Auxiliary Crane Ships (T-ACS)

Destroyer Tenders (AD)

Degaussing Ships (YDG, ADG)

Ammunition Ships (AE)

Auxiliary Docks

Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Docks (AFDB)

Medium Auxiliary Floating Dry Docks (AFDM)

Small Auxiliary Floating Dry Docks (AFDL)

Yard Floating Drydocks (YFD)

Auxiliary Repair Docks (ARD)

Medium Auxiliary Repair Docks (ARDM)

Large Auxiliary Repair Docks (ABSD)

Provisions Store Ships (AF, T-AF)

Combat Stores Ships (AFS, T-AFS)

Miscellaneous Ships (AG, T-AG)

Icebreakers (AGB)

Amphibious Force Command Ships (AGC)

Deep Submergence Support Ship (T-AGDS)

Hydrofoil Research Ship (AGEH)

Environmental Research Ships (AGER)

Command Ships (AGF)

Missile Range Instrumentation Ships (T-AGM)

Major Communications Relay Ships (AGMR)

Oceanographic Research Ships (T-AGOR)

Ocean Surveillance Ships (T-AGOS)

Radar Picket Ships (AGR)

Motor Torpedo Boat Tenders (AGP)

Surveying Ships (AGS)

Coastal Survey Ships (AGSC)

Technical Research Ships (AGTR)

Hospital Ships (AH)

Dry Cargo Ships (AK, T-AK)

Cargo Ship Dock (T-AKD)

Advanced Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ships (T-AKE)

Light Cargo Ships (AKL)

Net Cargo Ships (AKN)

Vehicle Cargo Ships (T-AKR)

General Stores Issue Ships (AKS)

Aircraft Transports (AKV, T-AKV)

Net Laying Ships (AN)

Fleet Oilers, Fleet Replenishment Oilers (AO, T-AO)

Fast Combat Support Ships (AOE, T-AOE)

Gasoline Tankers (AOG, T-AOG)

Replenishment Oilers (AOR)

Oil Transporters (T-AOT)

Transports (AP, T-AP)

Self-Propelled Barracks Ships (APB)

Coastal Transports (APC)

Small Coastal Transports (APc)

High-speed Transports (APD)

Evacuation Transports (APH)

Barracks Craft (APL)

Mechanized Artillery Transports (APM)

Transport and Aircraft Ferries (APV)

Repair Ships (AR)

Battle Damage Repair Ships (ARB)

Cable Repair Ships (ARC)

Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ships (ARG)

Heavy-hull Repair Ship (ARH)

Landing Craft Repair Ships (ARL)

Rescue and Salvage Ships (ARS)[1][2]

Salvage Lifting Vessels (ARSD)

Salvage Craft Tenders (ARST)

Aircraft Repair Ships (ARV, ARV(E), ARV(A))

Helicopter Aircraft Repair Ships (ARVH)

Submarine Tenders (AS)

Submarine Rescue Vessels (ASR)

Fleet Tugs (AT)

Auxiliary Ocean Tugs (ATA, T-ATA)

Fleet Ocean Tugs (ATF, T-ATF)

Fleet Tugs, Old (ATO)

Rescue Tugs (ATR)

Salvage and Rescue Ships (ATS)

Seaplane Tenders (AV)

Advance Aviation Base Ships (AVB, T-AVB)

Destroyer Seaplane Tenders (AVD)

Guided Missile Ships (AVM)

Small Seaplane Tenders (AVP)

Aviation Stores Issue Ships (AVS)

Aircraft Transports (AVT)

Distilling Ships (AW)

Lighter-than-Air Aircraft Tender (AZ)

Miscellaneous Classifications (IX)

IX-236 through IX-299 unused

IX-328 through IX-500 unused

Screw Tugs

Yard Ferry Boats or Launches (YFB)

Yard Motor Tugs (YMT)

Yard Net Tenders (YN)

Net Tender Tugs (YNT)

Yard Tugs (YT)

Large Harbor Tugs (YTB)

Small Harbor Tugs (YTL)

Medium Harbor Tugs (YTM)


  1. "MSC ship inventory Rescue and Salvage Ships"
  2. US Navy fact file: "Rescue and Salvage Ships"