Hi Robert. Almost all the ships operarted by the MSTS and the Miltary Sealift Command are USNS designated. There are some exceptions but most USNS. When I was on station in the Indian Ocean we had unreps 1-2 times a week. Fuel oil tankers, JP tankers, supply ships and when things looked like they were going to go hot ammo ships came out and we topped off our magazines. All those ships that came to us were USNS.I am also curious as to the term " His (Her) Majesty's Ship" (HMS) , as in HMS Dreadnought , for British Warships ?
Is there some precedent or custom for this , such as why not "UKS" for "United Kingdom Ship" instead, as in USS (United States Ship) in the U.S. Navy ?
There is another item which might be curious to some, that ships , mainly those used as troop transports, were designated as "USNS" (United States Naval Ship) instead of "USS" , such as the USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (TAP-120). These were ships, some of them which were formerly ocean liner passenger ships , which were used for transportation of troops below , but also had cabins topside for officers and their families. At one time these were ships of The Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) and were manned by civilians .
By my "puzzle" I was being facetious, Robert.1 (a) I'm puzzled, too.....What would be the case of the C/O of the other ship not being on "full pay" ? ...... "half pay" or "no pay" ???